Atlanta, February 6, 2017 — A formal cooperation agreement between the government of Taoyuan City in Taiwan and Fulton County, Georgia was signed by Mr. Vincent Liu, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Atlanta and Mr. John Eaves, Chairman of Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners at the Fulton County’s office in downtown Atlanta.
The agreement aims to promote cooperation in the areas of economic and cultural development including trade and investment, business, small enterprise development, tourism, education exchange, arts and culture.
Discussion on the agreement was initiated between both parties over three years ago. Director General Liu, who assumed the posting in December 2016, was instrumental in finalizing the agreement.
Taoyuan City is currently the fourth largest metropolitan area in Taiwan and has a population of over 2 million with an average growth of 2,000 residents per month. It has established itself as a commercial and industrial hub for green energy, aerospace, hi-tech semiconductors, electronics, biomedicine, R&D, and its aerotropolis logistics hub.
“The agreement is very timely for Fulton County as we want to be involved with international partnership,” said Chairman Eaves.
Director General Liu also formally extended an official invitation to Chairman Eaves to visit Taoyuan City at the signing ceremony.
“I am open to all possibilities for working with Taoyuan City and looking forward to my exploratory visit,” said Chairman Eaves who had previously visited Taiwan in 2013 as part of governmental exchange visit.
Chairman Eaves emphasized the County’s focus on economic development, arts & cultural, and education exchanges as top priorities in the partnership with Taoyuan City.
A major project that strikes an interest for Fulton County and Chairman Eaves is the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project. Taoyuan Aerotropolis is an international logistics hub project being developed by the Taiwanese government.
Fulton County and the City of Atlanta are currently developing the Atlanta Aerotropolis project near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The City of Atlanta also have an established formal sister city relationship with City of Taipei, Taiwan. The relationship will celebrate a 40-year milestone anniversary in 2019, according to Director General Liu.