Luncheon with the Kaohsiung Mayor

In an AmCham Taipei special luncheon at the Regent Taipei, Kaohsiung Mayor and Nationalist Party presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu highlighted some of the initiatives taking place in Kaohsiung and his intention to further develop Taiwan’s economy.

In his speech, Han noted that with the U.S.-China trade war heavily impacting the global economy, Taiwan needs to take this opportunity to negotiate bilateral and multilateral trade agreements with its trading partners. In particular, it is also a critical time for Taiwan to push for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S.

Besides cooperating with trade allies, Han urged Taiwan to work in close collaboration with global enterprises to drive industrial development and economic growth in Taiwan. He said that some prospective foreign investors have been reluctant to commit to projects in Taiwan out of concern about future energy sufficiency. He suggested that Taiwan keep nuclear power as a viable option, as long as its safety is assured and the public supports the idea.

The mayor thanked AmCham Taipei for its longstanding support for Taiwan and continuous efforts to improve U.S.-Taiwan relations. He also praised the Chamber for providing valuable suggestions and recommendations on improving Taiwan’s business environment in the annual Taiwan White Paper. In closing, Han said that if he is elected, his government will closely examine the White Paper and work to make sure that appropriate regulatory policies are implemented.

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