The contract signing ceremony was held at the Taipei World Trade Center on August 19th, 2013. The official contract to transfer the operation rights was signed between Mr. Francis Liang, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Michael Tu, Chairman of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center Corporation (KECC). Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (KEC) is one of the twelve largest constructions taken on by the Taiwan government. KEC was built to fulfil the urgent need to create an international venue in Southern Taiwan. Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs invested NTD 3 billion into this project to help increase economic growth, boost employment opportunities and most importantly, enhance international presence for Kaohsiung City. Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (KEC) will have its Grand Opening on April 14 simultaneously with the grand opening of the Taiwan Fastener Show. KEC is equipped with spacious indoor and outdoor exhibition areas all on the ground floor. The indoor exhibition space can accommodate up to a total of 1,100 booths and is divided into two halls: North and South. The South hall is column-free, 50 meters in width and 27 meters high. The outdoor harbor area can fit 400 booths and is suitable for both exhibitions and events. Other spaces in the center can fit up to 4,000 conference attendees, and the biggest room fits 2,000 seated guests on its own. There are also rooms ranging from 400 to 800 guests which are considered medium-sized venues. Other smaller rooms are suitable for banquets and smaller meetings. KEC’s Operation and Transfer Agreement signing ceremony attracted many business corporations and related industries. The anticipation for KEC to produce creative and innovative events and conferences are set at a high level!