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Int'l Real Estate Federation to hold '13 congress in Taichung

The China Post news staff--The 64th World Congress of the FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) will be held in central Taiwan's Taichung City in May 2013, FIABCI President Judy Shenefield announced yesterday.

Shenefield made the announcement during a meeting with Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu while on her first visit to Taiwan after assuming the federation's presidency in early May this year.

Besides holding its annual World Congress in Taichung next year, the FIABCI will also witness a changeover of its president during the congress, Shenefield said, adding that aside from talking business, another major purpose of her visit is to enjoy beautiful scenic spots, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality of the Taiwanese people.

Hu said that any city would dream of becoming a hub of global real estate operations.

“To realize this dream, I attended the 63rd World Congress of the FIABCI held May 12-16 in St. Petersburg to publicize Taichung as a candidate for hosting the 64th World Congress,” Hu said.

Tseng Kuo-chun, director-general of the Land Administration of the Taichung City Government, said that the FIABCI is the largest nongovernmental international real estate organization in the world, comprising 65 member nations.

Meanwhile, Huang Nan-yuan, chairman of the Taiwan-based Real Estate Association of the Republic of China, said the FIABCI has held the World Congress for more than six decades and Taiwan was a sponsor in 1986. In May this year, Taiwan beat out Canada to win the sponsorship, shoawing the country's emergence as an Asian power. Huang noted that Taiwan has become a focus of global investors hunting for real estate in Asia.

Over 90 percent of FIABCI member nations are expected to take part in the 2013 World Congress, with the number of attendees to exceed 500, including those from Russia, the U.S., France and Malaysia.

Huang stressed that the 2013 FIABCI World Congress will concentrate on themes such as green buildings, sustainable development and innovative buildings, and that the event will help enhance Taiwan's international image and attract international investors to opportunities in Taiwan.

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