2016 Global Harbor Cities Forum (GHCF), initiated by Kaohsiung City, will be held from September 6 to 8, 2016. The forum will serve as a platform for information sharing for all harbor cities around the world. Wen-Sheng Tseng, Director of Economic Development Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government, visited Okinawa Prefectural Government with his delegation yesterday (July 1) and were warmly received by Yabiku Moritoshi, Department of Commerce, Industry and Labor of Okinawa Prefectural Government. They also invited Onaga Takeshi, Okinawa Governor, to attend the forum to exchange their successful experiences in harbor planning as both places are at the southern parts of their countries.
Okinawa, same as Kaohsiung, is a harbor city as well. Located at the southern-most tip of Japan, Okinawa is also the only subtropical prefecture in Japan. Director Wen-Sheng Tseng said that Taiwan is culturally, historically and economically connected to Okinawa. We hope that our warm and sincere move could help to bring up closer to Okinawa economically and add a piece to the puzzle of this forum.
The three-day 2016 GHCF will serve as a venue for interaction and cooperation among harbor cities around the world. By exchanging experiences, delegates from the world’s harbor cities will be given opportunities to bring out new ideas for the development of the harbor cities and forge consensus for prospective future cooperation among them. The participating cities covers five continents with a total of nineteen cities, including Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Honolulu of the United States, Callao of the Republic of Peru, Panama city of Panama, Suwon city and Busan city of Korea, Brisbane and Sydney of Australia, Kochi of India, Male of Maldives, Marseille of France, Da Nang of Vietnam, Mie Prefecture and Kobe city of Japan, St. Petersburg of Russia, Copenhagen of Denmark, Penang of Malaysia and Auckland of New Zealand.
After Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Kaohsiung delegation visited “Okinawa IT Shinryo Park”. IT industry is considered one of the leading industries in Okinawa’s prefectural economic development. The Okinawa IT Shinryo Park was built to connect Japan’s domestic IT industry to the world. IT-related companies have entered the park continually since September, 2010 and there are around twenty-nine companies now. It is highly looked forward to that by holding matchmaking events, establishing IT talents exchange network and building up platforms for IT-related information exchange, Kaohsiung and Okinawa can increase the commercial exchanges among their IT-related corporations by which to increase the growth of development of IT industries in Taiwan and Japan.