‘Mixed’ rating for Tsai’s policies

AMCHAM REPORT:The ‘Taiwan White Paper’ said genetically modified fresh produce should be allowed in school meals and urged further reform of the financial sector

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 09, 2017
By: Ted Chen / Staff reporter

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) yesterday released its

American Chamber of Commerce chairman Albert Chang speaks during a presentation on the organization’s Taiwan White Paper at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

Taiwan White Paper, characterizing President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s policy initiatives over the past year as a “mixed bag” of successes and disappointments.

The AmCham commended the government for improving regulatory coherence by adopting a 60-day notice and comment period, and for taking steps to promote innovative industries.

However, AmCham Taipei chairman Albert Chang (章錦華) said that the new “one fixed day off, one flexible rest day” policy is a step backward in Taiwan’s aim to transform its industries, as the scheme is better suited to manage “old economy” factory workers and moves away from ongoing efforts — such as the “five plus two” innovative industries plan for an “Asian Silicon Valley,” “intelligent” machinery, “green” energy technology, biomedicine and national defense, as well as a new agricultural business model and a circular economy — to promote services and knowledge-based industries.    [FULL  STORY]

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