Taiwan visit presents international opportunities

Redlands Coast businesses were on the global smart cities stage as part of a Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) delegation to Taiwan led by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

Mayor Williams said, “This summit was invaluable in putting Redlands Coast on the global stage and showing the world what our businesses are capable of.

“There was not only a great deal of interest while in Taipei, but equally when we returned home, with several conversations and a Redlands Coast Go Smart pitch following.”

Mayor Williams said the Taiwan summit attracted the leading smart cities minds from across the world.

“The Smart Cities Mayoral Summit and Expo attracts business leaders, policy-makers, industry experts, and stakeholders from around the world – this year attracting more than 1700 delegates, 10,000 visitors and 2000 international buyers, as well as a further 337 vendors.  

“This year’s LGAQ Smart Cities Delegation was the largest Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has ever supported from Queensland, with mayors, councillors and businesses from across the state representing their communities and industry sectors.

“This overseas mission was a collaboration between LGAQ, TIQ and Austrade, with the three tiers of government working together and giving delegates the opportunity to network in new markets and make business contacts they wouldn’t normally be able to access.”

During the visit, LGAQ signed a statement of intent for its members to participate in the Taipei Government’s Global Organisation of Smart Cities initiative (Go SMART initiative), which provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and initiating collaborations with other Smart City stakeholders.