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Deputy Mayor: East District Gateway Project Generated NT$130 Billion in Investments, 3,400 Jobs

Taipei’s deputy mayors at the press event Three Deputy Mayors of Taipei City including Pong Cheng-Sheng, Tsai Ping-Kun, and Huang Shan-Shan co-hosted the Taipei Image 2.0! press conference today January 2.

During his speech, Deputy Mayor Pong commented that this is the second press conference of Mayor Ko Wen-Je’s 5th anniversary since his inauguration. The purpose of the press conference is to outline what Mayor Ko has accomplished over the last 5 years and to quell the public’s doubts that the Mayor has achieved nothing during his term, when in fact he has made plenty of contributions. After Mayor Ko came into office, he has convened a meeting at 07:30 every morning, spending most of the time reviewing the city administration’s performance. Consequently, the press conference was convened to brief everyone on the progress of various projects.

Deputy Mayor Pong elaborated on the West District Gateway Project, stating that the city government has invested NT$5.7 billion to attract NT$120 billion in private investments and create 118.8 hectares of floor space. When the West District Gateway Project is completed this year, it will be joined with the East District Gateway Project, which incorporates 5 major centers such as software, MICE, transport, startup, and biotechnology park. After the project’s completion, it is hoped to attract private investment of NT$130 billion and generate 3,400 jobs, as well as provide public housing for 3,086 households and improve 18.3 hectares of work environment. Phase 2 of the East/West District Gateway Project aims to improve the façade of the city as a green, international, and stylish metropolis. In 2020, the city government’s infrastructure 2.0 has really made a difference to the glorious city for Taipei citizens.

During the press conference, members of the press asked Deputy Mayor Pong that a strategy map was created for the East/West District Gateway Project’s timetable in 2015, so it seems that this is merely a continuation of the old project and there is no element of innovation or update, or can the public expect something new within the next 3 years? Pong replied that any project and construction require time; first, we must finish the original project, after which the East District Gateway Project 2.0 will bring together public and private investment. According to the Deputy Mayor, we need to do more than just organizing events to revitalize the East District and reverse its decline, but the resources in the public and private sector must be brought together, hence we have designed the 3.5km skywalk in order to connect various companies, departments, and industries with Nangang Station.

In regards to the Nangang Green Corridor, a highlight section spanning 800 meters will be completed before the end of the Mayor’s term. The skywalk of the East District Gateway will be extended by the private sector, ending at Nangang Station, using the 800m template section as the platform to connect the second and first floors. Together with the platform and platform facilities, the Nangang Green Corridor embodies the concepts of ecology and resilient city to create the landscape and 3D structures. Developed by the Department of Urban Development, the project will be implemented by the Public Works Department.

A journalist also asked if biomedicine developments in Nangang will be joined with Hsinchu to create the San Francisco Corridor (San Francisco Bay Area 2.0), to which the Department of Economic Development Commissioner Lin Chung-Chieh replied that when the Taipei Nangang Biotechnology Park is completed within 3 years, it will be connected to the National Biotechnology Research Park, and when production begins in Zhubei, Taiwan’s new drug R&D and production chain will be complete. Negotiations are being held with international manufacturers to attract investment.

Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-Shan emphasized that Nangang will be a remarkable industrial belt in the future. Although it only has a population of a little over 100,000, at least 3,000 new jobs and public housing units will be created in the future to bypass the congested commuting traffic of Neihu Technology Park. All the details that were neglected before have been taken into consideration in Nangang. In the future, the central government will expand the THSR service from Nangang Station to Yilan, hence Nangang’s development generates developments throughout northern Taiwan, and those coming from eastern Taiwan will also choose Nangang first. Consequently, the gateway project of northern Taiwan is no longer just a plan, it has already become a reality.