Jason Hu, Mayor of Taichung City, led a delegation to visit the United Arab Emirates few days ago. Today, he joined the “2009 Global City Forum” and made a 3 minute speech entitled, “The Experience of Taichung City” during the “Mayors Forum” session at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi (Capital City of UAE).
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is planning to build a branch museum in Abu Dhabi, which will be the first Guggenheim branch museum in, the Middle-East. At the beginning of his speech, Jason Hu told the attendees that Abu Dhabi was lucky. If Taichung City had not cancelled the plan, Abu Dhabi would not have the chance. Hu’s humor made the audience laugh. Then, Hu introduced the major achievements which Taichung City had done to improve the indicators of environmental protection, culture, finance and internationalization during 1999 and 2008. He also indicted his future plans of building City Opera House, New City Hall Building, ShuiNan Economic and Trade Park and the Jhennan Recreational Special Area in the next 5 years to make Taichung City a major international city in Asia. In the end, he challenged the title of the forum��"“City development form 10 years to one century”. He said that the plan for 100 years should be left to the next generation. The question was great and should be answered by the geniuses like Richard Florida (the key note speaker of the Forum) or Einstein. However, Hu said, unfortunately Einstein has died so the question shall be answered by Richard Florida. The audience laughed again and was impressed by Hu’s humor again. It was again successful marketing for Taichung City.
This is the first time for Global City Forum to be held in a city outside of Europe. The organizer of the forum invited Richard Florida, an economist who created the theories of “Economy of Creativity” and “City of Happiness”, as the Key Note Speaker. Additionally, Hu was one of the 7 speakers of the “Mayor Forum”. The other speakers included the mayors of Beijing, Paris, and Edinburgh, etc. Hu is the first and yet only mayor from Taiwan invited to the forum. Hu had successfully caught the attention of the attendees.
The agenda of the 2009 City Forum in Abu Dhabi rested on exploring the challenges of globalization and the other themes which could be continuously developed. The agenda included the city’s actions against the climate changing, if the government can lead the development of cultures, smart urban planning, new eco-cities, city globalization, if hosting major international events could lead to continuous development, the policies on local weather changing, and the impacts of city immigrants on city development (rethinking multi-cultures).The forum successfully assembled mayors from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and governmental officers, city planners, engineers, designers and investors to contribute their input during the meetings.