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ECCT PREMIUM EVENT - Lunch with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je 台北市長柯文哲
Monday, 19 March 2018, 12:00 - 14:00


Lunch with Mayor Ko Wen-je 台北市長柯文哲
Guest speaker
Dr Ko Wen-je, Mayor, Taipei City Government
12:00 – 14:00, Monday, 19 March 2018
Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, Banquet Hall III (B2) /台北福華大飯店 福華廳 (B2)
160, Section 3, Renai Road, Taiwan City / 台北市仁愛路三段160號 
2018 will mark the 20th year since the ECCT held its first annual round table lunch with the Taipei City Government (TCG). As in previous years, this year’s event will provide an exclusive opportunity for ECCT members to discuss issues of concern or mutual interest with the mayor, deputy mayor and a full delegation of senior TCG cabinet officials, who will be in attendance. 
In 2017 the city hosted a very successful Universiade世大運 (university games) and made a number of improvements such as revitalising parts of the city, improving traffic flow and expanding the Youbike network and bicycle paths. In 2018 city government authorities will be implementing amendments to the Labour Standards Act passed by the Legislative Yuan in January 2018. There is still room for interpretation of the amendments by city authorities on issues such as the period of time after which compensatory leave granted for working overtime is converted back into overtime pay. The city is also working on environmental issues. In a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste, authorities have further restricted the use of plastic bags and, to promote green transportation and reduce air pollution, the city’s Public Transportation Office (PTO) has announced that the city will launch its first electric bus route in August 2018. A fleet of 12 e-buses will travel on a route with stops at Taipei Zoo, National Chengchi University, Taipei City Hall and Songshan Station. 
Despite his unconventional style of governance, Taipei Mayor Ko’s no-nonsense, action-oriented approach and communication using social networking have helped him retain popularity with certain voters, particularly the youth, where he retains a much larger support base than establishment politicians from the major political parties ahead of the November 2018 mayoral election. Meanwhile his independent status and political astuteness has helped him to maintain good relations with, for example, the mayor of Shanghai.    
This event will offer an opportunity for members to hear about the city’s activities and plans for future development. At the lunch, which will be open only to ECCT members, Mayor Ko will give a short address to guests, after which a Q&A session and round-table lunch will be held where members can raise questions or discuss issues of concern with city government officials, who will be seated at different tables at the venue. Among other subjects, members will be able to raise and discuss the following subjects:

- How the city government will interpret and implement amendments to the Labour Standards Act
- Quality of living issues (water quality, air, noise and environmental pollution) 
- Plans to improve traffic safety and communications infrastructure (such as public Wi-Fi) 
- Major public transport, infrastructure, housing, urban renewal projects and tourism 
- Plans for intelligent infrastructure including green buildings, electric vehicles and smart grids.
About the speaker
Dr Ko Wen-je was elected mayor of Taipei City in 2014. Prior to this he was an attending physician and Chairman of the Department of Traumatology at National Taiwan University Hospital. He was also a professor at National Taiwan University College of Medicine specialising in trauma, intensive care and organ transplants. He received both his medical degree and medical doctorate from National Taiwan University.
NT$1,400 for members; NT$2,000 for members’ guest(s)
To Cancel without penalty, written cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event.
Contact: Fiona Lee / Tel 2740-0236 ext. 215 / fiona.lee@ecct.com.tw / www.ecct.com.tw

  Location: No. 160, Section 3, Renai Rd, Taipei
  Registration Deadline: Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:00
The registration period is over.
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