Lawmakers push for maritime ministry

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Taipei Times
Date: Jun 08, 2017
By: Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday urged the government to

A fishing boat operates near Kaohsiung yesterday. Photo: Huang Hsu-lei, Taipei Times

submit plans to create a ministry for maritime affairs within one year.

Additionally, a basic law governing maritime affairs should be passed by late next year, lawmakers Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆), Chen Man-li (陳曼麗) and Kolas Yotaka told a news conference at the legislature.

The measures are to help integrate maritime policy across sustainable development, research and sea tourism, they said.

Directorate-General of Personnel Management official Yang Hsiu-chen (楊秀珍) said the government is to complete a draft bill for review at the next session of the Legislative Yuan.    [FULL  STORY]

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