Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider attended last week’s 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Taiwan, hoping that the CNMI will get a bigger bite of the Taiwanese travel market and that investors from that country will see business potentials in the Commonwealth.
The Sept. 9 to 11 summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan brought together representatives from 102 cities.
“Taiwan is aware of the CNMI and we would like for them to continue to encourage their people to come to the CNMI as tourists or investors. Overall, it was a very fruitful visit. The partnership we have forged with them will go a long way,” Hofschneider told Saipan Tribune at the signing of a proclamation yesterday morning on Capital Hill.
The Taiwanese government invited both Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Hofschneider to the three-day summit.
The governor asked Hofschneider to represent the CNMI. Hofschneider’s trip was paid for by the CNMI government, the lieutenant governor added.
Hofschneider said Guam’s Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio was also at the summit, which has become one of the most significant forums on urban development in the region since 1996.
The 2013 summit focused on the challenges facing city management and possible responses to these challenges.
Child Passenger Safety Week
In other news, Hofschneider signed a proclamation yesterday declaring Sept. 15 to 21 Child Passenger Safety Week.
The proclamation signing was attended by Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero, DPS personnel, Cabinet members and advocates.
Hofschneider also proclaimed Sept. 21 National Seat Check Saturday.
“I urge everyone to help reduce injuries and the tragic loss of life by buckling up themselves and their children—every trip, every time,” Hofschneider said.
All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and territories require the use of car seats for children traveling in motor vehicles to save lives and prevent injuries.
DPS cites research that shows car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by 71 percent and by 54 percent for toddlers in cars, and by 58 percent and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVs, pickups, and vans.
DPS said it is committed to working closely with its partners and safety advocates to help make the kind of choices that will help children alive and safe.
The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about best practices when traveling with children.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, free car seat inspection events will be held across the country.