Asia-Pacific city heads to be treated to bike tour of Taipei
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 11:04 PM
Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taipei will host the fifth United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) Congress from Wednesday and will arrange for the chiefs of major cities in Taiwan and abroad to cycle around the city using the Youbike public bike rental system, according to a city government official. The six-day congress will feature four seminars to discuss issues related to city governance. A number of chiefs from major cities around the world will attend the congress, including Stephen Yarwood, lord mayor of Adelaide in South Australia; Yasutomo Suzuki, mayor of Hamamatsu City in Japan; Mike Robbins, provost of Stirling Council in the United Kingdom; and Brenda Halloran, mayor of the city of Waterloo in Canada, according to the official. New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, Changhua Magistrate Cho Po-yuan and representatives from other counties and cities around Taiwan will also attend. Founded in April 2004 in Taipei, UCLG-ASPAC is the world's largest organization for local governments, with membership exceeding 1,000 entities. It has been held biannually since 2006. This year, President Ma Ying-jeou will be present at a mayoral forum and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin will give a speech.

A Taipei Declaration is also set to be signed during the event. (By Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao)

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