Date: May 20, 2016
Taiwan’s new Premier Lin Chuan accepted the seal of office May 20 from his predecessor Chang
San-cheng at a handover ceremony at the Executive Yuan in Taipei, vowing that he and his Cabinet would communicate sincerely with the people, strive to achieve broad-based consensuses on major issues, and initiate the comprehensive reforms anticipated by the public.
“We have heard the voices of the people and their expectations for the new government. We hope to dispel the sense of loss felt by the public as well as address the problem of Taiwan’s economic stagnation,” Lin said at the ceremony.
The premier identified insufficient investment as a key reason for Taiwan’s high unemployment rate and low wage levels. Lin said the Cabinet would seek to boost domestic investment by focusing on three key areas, signing free trade agreements and joining regional economic and trade organizations; cultivating local industries based on Taiwan’s distinct regional cultures; and enacting the new government’s five industrial development objectives, which include fostering the growth of industrial clusters in areas such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, national defense and green technology.
Lin stressed that the members of his Cabinet must demonstrate four major qualities to meet the public’s expectations, namely the abilities to communicate effectively and solve problems practically; identify policy priorities based on the principles of innovation, job creation, equitable wealth distribution and sustainable development; achieve multiple policy goals using limited resources; and foster collaboration. [FULL STORY]