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IEEPA Held Talks with the Municipal Government of Daegu, South Korea

On April 3rd, 2014, Secretary-General Jon Li was invited to Daegu, the third biggest metropolitan city in South Korea, to take a view of the development of energy conservation and environmental protection, to promote the strategic cooperation between IEEPA and Daegu Science and Technology Park and to hold talks with the Daegu municipal government. The attendees of this meeting included Kim, the leader of Daegu government and director of the Environment Bureau, Jin Dusheng, the leader of the 7th World Water Forum in 2015, and the leadership of all departments.

Secretary-General Jon Li presented the main responsibilities of IEEPA, the development and market conditions of energy conservation and environment protection in China. Jon Li also expounded the jointly promoted cooperation between IEEPA and Daegu Science and Technology Park. During the meeting, Kim, the director of the Daegu Environment Bureau, explained the situation of resources, energy, environment protection and the development of other related fields in Daegu. Leaders of other related departments of Daegu government depicted respectively what are the Daegu¡¯s advantages in each field.

Both IEEPA and Daegu government thought that this meeting laid a solid foundation for the implementation of their strategic cooperation. In the future, they will continue to further deepen their communication and actively promote the cooperation. After the meeting, on behalf of Daegu government, Kim held a welcoming party for the visit of Jon Li, and then invited IEEPA to attend the World Water Forum which will be held in Daegu in 2015. Secretary-General Jon Li expressed thanks for the invitation.

Daegu is the capital and principal city of the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do province. The city is rich in resources and possesses large water and forest coverage. It boasts of developed light industry, mainly in the production of cotton, wool, silk and chemical fiber. The industries of rubber, ceramics, processing of agricultural products, farm and transport machinery are also well developed. In recent years, the environment protection industry has emerged, followed by the establishment of sound regulation system in noise control and waste disposal. Daegu has the world leading technology in water treatment. It is also known as the international fiber city.

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