1. Successful promotion of Tainan’s produce during an official visit to Japan
(1) From July 5 to 7, I led the Agriculture Bureau and Department of Information and International Relations on an official visit in Japan, where our delegation promoted Taiwan-grown pineapples and mangoes, engaged in urban and agricultural exchanges, and visited the heads of government and representatives of cities near Tokyo. The objective of this visit was to deepen the friendship between Tainan and Cities in Japan while providing greater exposure for Tainan's produce.
(2) During this official visit, I had the pleasure of meeting with Takigawa Shinsuke, Deputy Governor of Chiba Prefecture; Nobumoto Odaka, Chairperson of Chiba Prefecture Assembly; and Masaaki Osawa, Governor of Gunma Prefecture. The Tainan City Government is also collaborating with York Benimaru and York Mart, two major supermarket franchises affiliated with Seven-Eleven Japan, to export produce from Tainan’s farms to Japan’s tables. The first batch of produce shipped to Japan comprised of 3,000 crates of mangoes, weighing 15,000 kilograms. Now, Japanese consumers are able to purchase Tainan’s famed Irwin mangoes at 301 supermarkets belonging to York Benimaru and York Mart.
(3) I have personally witnessed the popularity of Irwin mangoes among Japanese consumers. As Japan has substantial potential to offer as an export market, we should continue to promote Tainan’s produce in Japan. Thus, I would like to ask the Agriculture Bureau, agriculture-related authorities in the Central Government, academia, and farmers to collaborate in prolonging the shelf life of produce and to increase the competitiveness of Tainan’s produce in export markets.
2. Attending the 2018 World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum to elevate Tainan’s visibility internationally
(1) In response to an invitation extended by Singapore’s Minister of National Development, Mr. Lawrence Wong, I traveled to Singapore straight from Japan to attend the 6th World Cities Summit (WCS) and Mayors Forum, held on July 8. At the WCS and Mayors Forum, more than 200 mayors, high-ranking government officials, and industry experts and representatives from major cities around the world conducted exchanges regarding how to further urban development through governance and planning, technology and social innovation, and sustainability and a vision to shape a livable city.
(2) At the forum, I shared the Tainan City Government’s achievements in developing smart transportation. I also utilized this rare opportunity to exchange experiences in urban governance with Minister Wong. I talked about how the Tainan City Government promoted Tainan on an international level through smart city applications, shaped Tainan as a resilient city, and emphasized smart and green strategies.
(3) This is the first time that Tainan has taken part in the WCS. Aside from learning from the governance strategies of cities around the world and engaging in municipal interactions, we also shared our experiences in facing different challenges. The WCS was an excellent opportunity for Tainan to interact with other cities and reinforce its international presence. I would like to thank Deputy Director-General Hung of the Secretariat and Director-General Hsu of the Department of Information and International Relations for attending the WCS and the staff members of concerned departments for their hard work.
3. The 8th session of the 2nd regular plenary meeting is about to begin
(1) As the local elections are to take place at the end of the year, the Tainan City Council’s 8th session of the 2nd regular plenary meeting will begin early on next Friday (July 27).
(2) This is the last session of the 2nd regular plenary meeting; thus, I would like to ask all heads of authority to have a good grip on their department’s administrative achievements over the past eight years. Please also prepare for topics that may be discussed during this session, respond with humility to legislators’ interpellation and recommendations, and make immediate clarifications and respond to false accusations or misunderstandings.
(3) The most important bill that will be discussed during this session is the total annual budget of 2019. I would like to ask the heads of department to familiarize themselves with the budget layout of their department in 2019. Please also prepare notes and communicate sufficiently before the session. We must acquire the support of the city council to continue Tainan’s major infrastructure projects, which aim to ultimately benefit the citizens.
1. The Secretariat’s report on its administrative achievements over the past eight years (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) I would like to thank Director-General Wu for this report. The Secretariat is one of the staff organizations of the Tainan City Government. It is the backbone of the Tainan City Government’s logistics and acts as a support system. Put simply, the Secretariat is much like the butler of the Tainan City Government, in that it is responsible for handling all general affairs, large or small, thereby offering a safe and friendly work environment for all members of the Tainan City Government.
(2) For seven years, the staff members of the Secretariat have been led by several Director-Generals in fulfilling the Tainan City Government’s administrative objectives. Other than maintaining openness, transparency, professionalism, and efficiency to improve tenders and audits and establish an ethical and honest environment for tendering, the Secretariat also stipulated the Guidelines for Managing Gifts to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Tainan City on May 5, 2011. These guidelines stipulate that all gifts presented to the mayor and deputy mayor by guests must be properly registered and logged, ensuring a transparent and uncorrupt government.
(3) Tainan’s management platform for reserving electricity, water, fuel, and paper, the first platform of its kind in Taiwan, has led to NT $96.18 million in savings over the past six years. Moreover, the Secretariat was also given an award of excellence in saving water at a water-saving competition for government authorities in 2016 and 2017. In addition, idle space in the Yonghua and Minjhih municipal buildings were revitalized, and a green energy project was employed, which replenished the Tainan City Government’s income. I would like to thank the staff members of the Secretariat for their dedication, their support for the Tainan City Government’s logistics, and for fulfilling the administrative objectives on all levels. I anticipate that the Secretariat will continue to improve with the visions of empathy, efficiency, and innovation, and with a proactive service attitude. By doing so, the Secretariat can continue to construct a friendly environment, employ innovative administrative measures, and elevate the Tainan City Government’s overall administrative efficiency.
(4) I would like to ask the Secretariat to explore the feasibility of establishing an inter-entity supply contract for major consumables, printing paper, and cellphones issued to civil servants. In addition, I would like to ask the Public Works Bureau to handle matters pertaining to construction insurance in accordance with the regulations of the Engineering Material Construction Office. To ensure that the staff members of the Tainan City Government have sufficient parking spaces at work, please check if there are vehicles that have been parked in the parking lots of the Yonghua and Minjhih municipal buildings for extended periods of time.Please also discuss the possibility of establishing a patrol mechanism or outsourcing the management of the parking lots. As for the employee restaurants, the Secretariat can consider opening the restaurant to the public or employing a catering system. Finally, I would like to ask the Secretariat to collaborate with Chunghwa Post and banks in establishing service counters in the municipal centers.
2. The Labor Affairs Bureau’s report on Living and Working in Tainan Job Fairs (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) People’s Livelihoods First was the core value and administrative objective that Premier Lai established when he took office as Mayor of Tainan. Since then, the Tainan City Government has vowed to shape Tainan into a city of abundant resources and create more employment opportunities for citizens. I would like to thank the Labor Affairs Bureau for keeping true to this core value and assisting citizens in job matching by hosting the Living and Working in Tainan Job Fairs. As a result, Tainan's unemployment rate had decreased from 5.2% at when Tainan was upgraded as a special municipality to 3.8% at the end of 2017. This has brought Tainan's labor force participation rate to 61.4%, the highest among the six special municipalities.
(2) I would like to thank Director Wang for the report. Over the past seven years, the Labor Affairs Bureau has overcome challenges pertaining to labor affairs, applied an innovative mindset, and collaborated with NPOs to fulfill the employment demands of laborers and citizens. Be it employment or entrepreneurial services, support for disadvantaged laborers, vocational training, maintaining workplace safety, or guaranteeing labor rights, the Tainan City Government has excelled. Policies such as Labor Leaders University, Gold Medal Training Courses for the Taiwan Training Quality System, Tainan Handicapped Job Bank, the marketing platform established under the Sunny Day Workshop and Showgirl Project, and the Housing Renovation Project for Underprivileged Families are all the first or only of their kind in Taiwan. These policies have been recognized by other municipal governments and now serve as benchmarks for the labor governance of local governments. I would like to thank Director Wang and the staff members of the Labor Affairs Bureau for the continuous hard work that they have invested in this matter.
(3) Tainan City’s labor population exceeds one million; therefore, safeguarding citizens’ livelihood is the most important administrative objective of the Tainan City Government. I anticipate that the Labor Affairs Bureau will continue to offer comprehensive job matching services that fulfill citizen demands, enforce labor regulations, workplace safety inspections, and safeguard labor rights. In addition, I urge the Labor Affairs Bureau to take innovative approaches in providing entrepreneurial counseling and employment services for the youth. It is important to understand the demands of the youth and offer services that fulfill individual needs. By doing so, diverse channels for talent cultivation and retention are secured, and Tainan's labor force is able to operate with efficiency.
(4) I would like to ask the Labor Affairs Bureau to assess the feasibility of establishing an online database for people pending employment and businesses in search of talent. Due to changes in the law, the Tainan City Labor Recreation Center is located in a zone that is now a part of an urban plan, and the scale of its labor accommodation and training is set to be reduced. Thus, I would like to ask Deputy Mayor Chang to hold discussions with the Department of Urban Development, Tourism Bureau, and Labor Affairs Bureau pertaining to this matter. I urge the Labor Affairs Bureau to pay attention to the rising trend of unmanned factories and to ensure that this trend does not affect labor rights. I would like to ask Deputy Mayor Chang; the Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics; and the Labor Affairs Bureau to confirm the average wage of Tainan’s citizens by reviewing tax records. As TSMC’s five-nanometer node wafer plant will soon be operational, I would like to ask Deputy Director-General Li to lead the Department of Urban Development, Economic Development Bureau, and Labor Affairs Bureau to offer assistance in talent recruitment and accommodation.