City Holds Taipei Night Gala Dinner for WCIT Guests
Described as the Olympics of the ICT industry, the 2017 World Congress on Information Technology is taking place in Taipei this week. On September 11, Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the Taipei Night gala dinner to welcome the guests.According to Ko, Taipei has seen advances in the integration of ICT technologies and industry, from smart transportation to smart public housing to fintech. It was also recognized by WEGO Smart Sustainable City Awards in the Cooperative City category and won the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. He took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the dignitaries for attending the event, stressing that WCIT is the next major international event to take place right after the 2017 Universiade. He also thanked the organizers and WITSA for providing Taipei City the opportunity to host this important occasion.Information Technology Commissioner Lee Wei-bin remarked that Taipei’s efforts in implementing smart city policies are the results of collaboration between city agencies and Taipei Smart City Project Management Office. The City also established the Smart City Commission to gather opinions across different sectors and serve as a platform connecting the public and private sectors.In addition to providing fine cuisine, the organizers of Taipei Night also arranged exciting stage performances, including music by Taipei Symphony Orchestra and shows by street artists and traditional arts groups, as well as traditional crafts demonstrations such as calligraphy, dough figurine, and sugar painting.