President calls for legislative progress

SPECIFICITY:Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung urged KMT lawmakers to be specific and identify which of the Forward-looking projects they believe are unnecessary

Taipei Times
Date: May 12, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Following another stalled legislative session amid continued opposition by the

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun, left, yesterday tries to stop a meeting to review a draft bill for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei by blowing a whistle while New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, right, speaks. Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program bill, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called for an end to political confrontation for the sake of the nation’s development.

“We have no reason to move in circles when many countries have already begun their infrastructure upgrades to lay the foundation for their development,” she said.

Tsai said her administration had begun planning the eight-year NT$882.4 billion (US$29.2 billion) initiative even before she was elected president, adding that it presents a vision for the nation’s development that is the result of the work of think tanks.

While the “five plus two” industries are key to transforming the nation’s economic structure, the Forward-looking program is to create infrastructure that has long been required, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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