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Industry group founded to help build Taoyuan aviation city
Central News Agency
2013-12-10 11:47 AM
Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The Taiwan Intelligent Aerotropolis Association (TIAA) was founded Tuesday to pull together resources from academia and the public and private sectors for the Taoyuan aviation city project. With the help of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the association's membership has increased from 21 at a preparatory meeting in October to over 70 at present, TIAA President Lee Yen-sung said at a ceremony marking the group's official founding. "The association is aiming to build a national gateway with smart technologies," said Lee, who is also chairman of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest telecom operator. The TIAA has set up five working groups in the areas of information and communications technology infrastructure, technology applications, smart airport applications, regulations, and promotion, Lee said. The working groups are expected to provide government authorities with a report next year on competition and cooperation in the global aviation industry and offer a proposal in two years on the development of the intelligent aviation city, he said. Chunghwa Telecom plans to build a new cloud computing center and deploy dozens of fourth-generation (4G) base stations in the Taoyuan aviation city to cash in on the project's commercial potential, Lee said. Premier Jiang Yi-huah said at the ceremony that the government and private sector will jointly invest nearly NT$500 billion (US$16.9 billion) in the Taoyuan aviation city project, which he described as the public project "with the largest amount of investment and the highest expectations" in recent years. The government has estimated that the project will generate NT$2.3 trillion in economic benefits for its neighboring areas and add 300,000 new jobs in Taoyuan, Taipei and New Taipei after its scheduled completion in 2030, Jiang said. (By Jeffrey Wu)
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