Miaoli County aiding Taiwan companies in Southeast Asia
Miaoli County chief Hsu Yao-chang said his county is helping companies that want to do business in Southeast Asia. His comments came during an exclusive interview with Radio Taiwan International.
Hsu said that between 1994 and 1997, Miaoli-based garment manufacturers began setting up factories in Vietnam and Cambodia. One of those companies is Quan Viet Enterprise, which now operates the world’s second largest down jacket factory.
Hsu said the Miaoli government has been working to promote the Taiwan government’s New Southbound Policy.
“We do what we can do. We do our best to aid businesses that want to go to Southeast Asia. The county government has a responsibility to help them grow,” said Hsu.
In terms of tourism, the Miaoli government has been promoting its Cittaslow city certification, an international standard to promote environmentally friendly cities. Right now Miaoli is the only county in Taiwan boasting two Cittaslow-certified towns. In order to be certified, a town must meet 72 requirements in areas such as green living and taking care of disadvantaged groups.
Hsu said that Miaoli is a great place for slow living, slow food and slow tourism. It also boasts rich aboriginal and Hakka culture, and a 3.6km long railway biking path – a first in the nation.