Taipei, Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen departed for Hong Kong Monday to attend the general assembly of the Hong Kong Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association and explore business opportunities for the central Taiwan city.
On arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lu said she has been invited to attend a changeover ceremony for the outgoing and newly elected chairmen of the association and its general assembly.
She said she was pleased to see that Hong Kong has paid attention to Taichung's determination to bring about economic growth since she assumed the post as city mayor.
Lu also expressed hope that through the visit, she will be able to market Taichung's agricultural, machinery products and automobile industries to attract foreign investment.
Noting that the association has 4,000 members, Lu said that this year, the event organizers provided Taichung grown honey murcott -- a type of citrus -- as a gift for its members.
"Making Taichung's products visible by association is the best method of marketing Taichung," she said.
Meanwhile, Lu said that as Taichung works hard to boost its economy, it must seek a way to attract foreign investment.
If the city can establish a link with the association, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to market Taichung, according to Lu.
Other members of Lu's delegation on the visit include sun cake and pineapple pastry bakeries seeking to sell their products through the event.
This is Lu's first overseas visit since she took office last month.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel