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On the day of the winter solstice this year (December 21, 2016), many officials of Taipei City Government and New Taipei City Government got together at the New Taipei City Hall for the 4th deputy mayor meeting of the Taipei-New Taipei Collaboration and Exchanges Platform (hereinafter referred to as “the Meeting”). Presided over by the Taipei Deputy Mayor Chia-ji Teng and New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hui-ching Yeh, the Meeting reviewed the collaboration results and shared experiences.
Since two city governments launched the collaboration mechanism together, 92 projects have been carried out and 63 of them have been completed, covering 8 major concerns from transportation, industry development, environment and resources, urban development, education, disaster prevention, public health and welfare, to tourism, culture and creativity. For transportation, two governments have developed more speed bus routes, such as the Banqiao-MRT Jiannan Rd. Station route and the Danhai New Town- MRT Jiannan Rd. Station route launched in November of this year. The project provides express public transit option and make the Taipei- New Taipei bus system more extensive.
In regards to industry development, government officials exchanged opinions and experiences on the jewelry industry, the senior industry, and the design industry. Particularly worth mentioning is the program upgrading the jewelry industry. In addition to helping jewelry stores promote “Honesty Mark.” the governments invited jewelry stores in Taipei and New Taipei to join the Honest Mark Jewelry Stores Program. It set out to give people peace of mind when buying jewelry and improve the reliability of jewelry products. Furthermore, it hopes to enhance the productivity and increase product values.
The collaboration on disaster prevention and recover is extremely crucial for the geographical proximity of Taipei and New Taipei. In addition to continuing the mutual reporting and support arrangement, joint education and training, and the observational learning on community disaster prevention, two departments conduct joint disaster rescue exercises. The rescue squad of two cities also organized a team to participate in Tokyo’s disaster prevention drills, in hoping to strengthen the cooperation on internal disaster relief. Moreover, the Mayors Forum of Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung and Taoyuan on Disaster Prevention was held on August 4, 2016. At the forum, an agreement of mutual support on disaster prevention and rescue was signed. With the concept of four cities as a community, the agreement facilitates the sharing of disaster information, improvement of resource integration and coordination among four city governments, and the effectiveness enhancement of disaster rescue.
On the aspect of public health and welfare, several collaborative projects have been implemented, such as the cross-cities/counties collaboration on communicable disease control, dementia care, training and lectures on group-three and group-four drugs. Two city governments work closely together to take care of citizens’ health and establish a comprehensive medical and welfare resource network. The collaboration will be continued to develop long-term care plans and a joint medical information system for municipal hospitals of both cities.
With the belief in shared prosperity, Taipei City Government and New Taipei City Government will develop more collaborative projects, integrating diverse resources to promise citizens of both cities a more convenient living and a thriving future.