Editorial: United Together

Taiwan Today
Date: March 01, 2017

The New Year is traditionally a time of rejuvenation and renewal. For the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), this spirit of fresh thinking and new approaches will characterize policies aimed at revitalizing the nation in 2017. It will also spill over to efforts in leading all segments of society in standing united together to face the challenges of tomorrow.

In an address delivered Dec. 31, 2016, at the Office of the President in Taipei City, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) laid out the government’s four-pronged plan for the coming 12 months, with the first and foremost task boosting the economy through restructuring and attracting across-the-board infrastructure investment.

The New Model for Economic Development remains the cornerstone of this process. In addition, strong supporting roles will be played by the five-plus-two innovative industries initiative and programs spanning child care, long-term care, residential building refurbishment and social housing construction.

Meeting the needs of future generations through regionally balanced and managed infrastructure development is also key to this undertaking. A wide variety of projects are in the pipeline, including a green rail transport system; networks for broadband and super-broadband cloud communications; engineering projects to combat flooding and droughts brought about by climate change; and facilities for generating low-carbon and non-nuclear sources of energy.    [FULL  STORY]

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