Kaohsiung, Brisbane agree to boost relations

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu signed a memorandum of understanding with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk Oct. 22 on enhancing cooperation between the two cities.

The memorandum was inked on the 15th anniversary of the establishment of sisterhood ties between the southern Taiwan port city and Australia’s third most populous city.

Chen noted that the two cities have cooperated in a number of areas, including disaster relief and assistance, commercial affairs, exchanges of official visits and international conferences, including next year’s Asia Pacific Cities Summit, which will be held in Kaohsiung. She expressed her appreciation for Brisbane’s support for Kaohsiung’s hosting of the event.

For his part, Quirk said he has visited Kaohsiung five times and has always been struck by the warmth and friendliness of the city’s residents. Having witnessed firsthand the top quality job Kaohsiung did in putting on the 2009 World Games, Quirk said he is confident that the city will be an excellent host for next year’s meeting.

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit, initiated in 1996 by the Brisbane City Council, is a biennial forum for international business affairs and municipal government dialogue in the region.

Taiwan Today