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Mayor Touts Enhancement of Marketplace Standards at Award Ceremony

Mayor Touts Enhancement of MarketplaceOn December 25, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the award presentation ceremony spotlighting outstanding public markets and open-air marketplaces. He pointed that one of his goals for the new term is to strengthen the quality of Taipei’s marketplaces and night markets.
 
During his address, the mayor remarked that the ceremony is the collaboration between city hall and the Central Region Office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The event also draws a lot of interest among traditional market managements every year. This year also saw the emergence of a 5-star marketplace. He is not surprised that the recipient of the honor is Shidong Market. 
 
Ko said he has instructed Commissioner Lin of Economic Development Department to treat markets and night markets as first priority. While major markets are going through overhaul, it’s not as easy to deal with the ‘software’ as dealing with the ‘hardware’ aspect. He cited examples such as timely disposable of trash, separation of dry and wet areas, and digital transactions. If the city invested NT$20 billion in renovating Huannan Market and the First Fruits and Vegetables Market, it should spend a billion or so to fund the markets and night markets – especially the installation of clean restrooms. 
 
He hopes that in the future, all of Taipei’s market – Shidong Market, Ningxia Night Market, Shilin Night Market, or others – can continue to make progress and jointly boost the overall level of its facilities. He believes that even the current level of Shidong Markt and Ningxia Market is not enough. An easy-to-understand standard is to achieve an environment which Japanese tourists find suitable for a meal.
 
The mayor noted that the vendors of Huannan Market will be relocating back to the site in the second half of 2019. A procurement project backed by NT$30 million will handle the process. He hopes that old habits will not be resurrected after the City invested a huge sum of cash into facility update.