Date: May 31, 2016
A raft of 21 priority bills spanning cross-strait ties, economics, politics and society was released by
Taiwan’s Cabinet May 30, signaling President Tsai Ing-wen administration’s intention to waste no time in fast-tracking national development.
“All of the legislation is crucial to the development of national economy and livelihood,” Cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan said. “We are looking forward to seeing substantive results in this area, underscoring the new government willingness to tackle problems head-on.”
The 21 bills are expected to be considered by the Legislative Yuan—Taiwan’s highest lawmaking body—before the next session wraps up at the end of the year. Consensus on the legislation was reached after a coordination meeting between the Cabinet and the caucus of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
Highlights are the DPP’s version of a draft bill monitoring cross-strait agreements, which is expected to play a pivotal role in the negotiations of goods and services pacts going forward. “There will also be revisions to the Electricity Act governing the nation’s power generation,” he said.
On the economic front, agriculture, anti-media monopoly and nuclear-free homeland promotion draft acts are set to receive maximum attention. Amendments to the Act for the Development of Biotech and New Pharmaceuticals Industry, Building Act and Income Tax Act will also be a focus. [FULL STORY]