In 2017, San Bernardino County and Taoyuan, a metropolis in northwestern Taiwan, established a sister metropolis settlement. The objective of this settlement was to strengthen the respect, belief, understanding, and cooperation between individuals, enterprises, and businesses. That international relationship has by no means been extra vital.
Fast ahead to the present day. Around the globe, communities are being affected in any respect ranges from the impression of the coronavirus pandemic and we’re all challenged to fulfill this disaster head-on. One resolution is to achieve out and share experiences and concepts that may assist all of us in our financial restoration from the devastation of this pandemic.
San Bernardino County just lately had the consideration of participating in a digital change with the Mayor of Taoyuan Cheng Wen-tsan; Taoyuan Director-general, Secretariat Yen Tzu-Chieh; and President, China Airlines Hsieh Shih-Chien, to debate how every one of our respective areas has been impacted, to share instruments and assets, in addition, to show help for one another’s nation and residents. The video convention was additionally a vital alternative to additional our dedication to pursuing enterprise alternatives to develop and strengthen every one of our respective economies.
The value of this dialogue was immense. It enabled a change of concepts and dialogue of epidemic prevention experiences in hopes of enabling every one of our areas to raised reply to and safeguard in opposition to comparable future conditions.
As of early December 2020, there have been solely 578 COVID circumstances reported in Taiwan. Some of the anti-COVID measures shared by the Mayor of Taoyuan included the implementation of a Central Epidemic Command Center, journey restrictions, and quarantines in addition to isolation for contact circumstances. Taiwan additionally imposed obligatory physique temperature checks for riders of public transportation, along with many different widespread public measures and restrictions.
This info underscored the value of swift motion to assist in combatting a pandemic. For its half, the county shared its large deployment of testing websites strategically positioned all through the county in addition to funding in cellular testing and at-home testing kits. Now we are actually all grateful to be planning for the profitable deployment of a vaccine and its skill to assist cease the continued unfold of COVID-19.
As each of our areas agreed, we should additionally work proactively to assist residents and companies recuperate and rebuild. One of the county’s high-profile applications is the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program which allotted $30 million to help native small companies and guarantee ongoing compliance with state and county well-being orders and pointers. Since its launch, hundreds of companies have been helped by this program together with many hard-hit retailers and eating places who used funds to pay salaries, modify operations, and buy private protecting tools (PPE). In addition to this program, the county has helped to deploy tens of millions in CARES Act Funds stimulus which has helped native faculties, hospitals, non-profits, and enterprises.
Both Taoyuan and San Bernardino County outlined the necessity to get funds within the fingers of impacted employees and companies with a view to making the distinction in re-employment and offering important help providers to employees. The mayor of Taoyuan shared a number of their stimulus packages and bailout measures together with money payouts to each citizen.
Finally, the county and Taoyuan prolonged artistic concepts and alternatives because it pertains to international funding, together with enterprise attraction, enlargement, and industrial growth. One of the highlights of the dialog was associated with airport progress between Taoyuan and the County’s three airports. Air cargo has been a vivid spot in San Bernardino County’s financial restoration as e-commerce demand continues to develop and help funding and job creation. We additionally shared our hope to proceed with China Air flights to Taoyuan from Ontario International Airport as these flights had been stopped earlier this yr because of the pandemic.
Looking forward we all know that to outlive this world disaster and thrive economically we should all work collectively, on the native and international stage.
The county has long been a gateway to the Pacific Rim. We have inspired the expansion of import, export, and overseas direct funding. While we can’t presently journey overseas, we’re working to maintain these vital international relationships intact to facilitate job creation and enterprise funding in addition to the long-term profitability of our County and its companies.
We consider we are able to all come out of this pandemic stronger. A real sister metropolis, Taoyuan used its assets early within the pandemic to get much-needed PPE to San Bernardino County, demonstrating its partnership with our area. We know that Taiwan will help and we all know that there’s a lot we are able to take away from this international change as we search methods to forestall future threats and as soon as once more show our area’s resilience.
Curt Hagman is chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.