WELCOMING: Cape Town and Taipei will help each other in various projects, ranging from design to research and development. Picture: Gallo Images
Industrial design experts from Taipei in Taiwan are set to work with the city of Cape Town on a number of long-term projects, it was confirmed this week, after officials closed a deal to “enter into design cooperation and exchanges”.
“We use design as a platform for us to connect with international design communities,” Hsiung-Wen Chen, deputy mayor of Taipei, said.
“With this in mind, this year we came to Cape Town and we would like to give our support to enhance the exchanges between our two cities in different aspects,” he said.
The Taipei delegation met with Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 project team.
“The Mother City was last year awarded the title of world design capital.
Taipei is bidding for this title too, with its eyes set on the prize for 2016.
The Cape Town Partnership, which facilitated Cape Town’s successful World Design Capital 2014 bid, shared its experiences with the Taipei
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, the partnership’s managing director, said Cape Town’s profile was “accelerating within the international design community”.
“We have much to learn from Taipei, a city that has seen massive growth in the technology sector.
Innovation was key to their transformation and today their economy continues to grow at nearly 5%, with low inflation and full employment,” she said.
The New Age obtained a copy of the memorandum of understanding that the two parties signed earlier this week.
The document detailed the “promotion of cooperation and exchanges between the two parties in such design-related items as exchanges, promotion, research and development, talent cultivation and consultancy”.