Grand Investment Promotion Conference Held by County Government in Xiamen
Kinmen County government held a grand conference for investment promotion titled "Invest Kinmen and Link up with West-coast of Taiwan Straits" on the 12th in Xiamen. The event attracted some two hundred corporations from both Taiwan and Xiamen as participants. Major officials including Magistrate Li, Wo-shi (李沃士) and Council Speaker Wang, Zai-Sheng (王再生) traveled to Xiamen to attend this special event. Magistrate Li has invited corporations to actively invest in Kinmen, saying that this could extend cross-strait exchanges between Kinmen and Xiamen. Through mutual investment and seamless (1) cooperation, Kinmen and Xiamen could take advantage of each other's strong points and promote economic prosperity of Kinmen.
This "Invest Kinmen and Link up with West-coast of Taiwan Straits" investment promotion conference began at 3 pm on the 12th at Powerlong Hotel in Xiamen. Magistrate Li, Wo-Shi was appointed as the chairman of the conference while Senior Executive Officer Li, Zeng-Cai (李增財) was given the role as the host. There were many other VIP's, including Secretary-General of CPC of Xiamen Municipal Government Xu, Mo (徐模) and Xiamen Deputy Mayor Huang, Lin (黃菱), Chairman of Xiamen-Based Taiwan Business Association, Ceng, Qin-Zhao (曾欽照), and the major media networks from China.
Magistrate Li said it is a crucial (2) time for Kinmen in terms of economic development. The expectation is to transform Kinmen into an international tourism island. Besides inviting investors from all corners of China and Taiwan, he also hopes that Kinmen and Xiamen, by working hand in hand, can learn from each other to strengthen the economies of both cities.
Huang, Lin, on behalf of Xiamen Municipal Government, also presented a speech. Ms. Lin thinks that the relation between Xiamen and Kinmen is like a tight family. The implementation of "Mini-Three-Links" in 2001 has also increased the interaction between the people of the two sides and has made the shipment between two places even more frequent. Up through this past November, 5.73 million people have traveled between Kinmen and Xiamen though "Mini-Three-Links". The average growth rate is over seventy percent. Furthermore, Huang, Lin added that since the people from Fujian province were allowed to travel to Kinmen in 2004, 3,645 tour groups, a total of 70,000 people, have set foot in (3) Kinmen. She also agreed that each of the two cities can strengthen the other's weaknesses in terms of economy.
Wang, Zai-Sheng said that this is the first time Kinmen organized an investment promotion conference since the two sides were divided over 50 years ago. Therefore, the significant meaning behind this is not to be overlooked (4). Wang hoped that both Kinmen and Xiamen can benefit by this investment promotion event.
The Chief Executive Officer of Kinmen County Industrial and Commercial Investment Promotion Committee, Xiao, Yong-Ping(蕭永平), commented that it's now the post-ECFA era. He suggested that those items not yet eligible (5) in China and Taiwan in the Early Harvest List of ECFA can be set for a trial implementation in Kinmen and Xiamen as this will not only ensure the stability of new policy but keep the connection tight between the two sides in the future as well.
●3. set foot in-到達。