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How Taipei is enabling innovation to flourish

Jonathan Andrews spoke to Lee Wei-bin, Commissioner of Taipei City Government Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Taiwan, about the importance of start-up proofs of concept and plans for the city’s new electric car-sharing service
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Lee Wei-bin, Commissioner of Taipei City Government Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Taiwan
Photo: Taipei City Government

If you could outline Taipei’s smart city strategy in a couple of sentences what would it be?

We believe that a smart city is a city capable to adapt and evolve through an ever-changing environment which ultimately creates a place that is liveable and sustainable for citizens. Taipei’s overall smart city strategy is to develop a mechanism that can adjust to change. Being people-centric is our core value.

To achieve this we want to introduce innovation to government agencies, provide opportunities to the private sector, and ultimately satisfy citizens’ needs and desires.

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