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CEPD head may lead National Development Council

TAIPEI -- The head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), Kuan Chung-ming, is expected to lead the new National Development Council, to be established early next year after the consolidation of a number of government agencies.

Agencies to be merged into the new National Development Council include the CEPD, Taiwan's economic policy planning agency, the Cabinet-level Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC), which is responsible for policy research and development, and the Cabinet-level Public Construction Commission.

The new council, set to be launched Jan. 22, 2014, will be responsible for national policy planning for the economy, social development, industrial development, human resource development, development of outlying islands and government information management, in an effort to improve the efficiency of government policy-making.

Sung Yu-hsieh, currently head of the RDEC, is expected to become deputy head of the National Development Council.

Meanwhile, local media reported on Sunday that Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta and Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen could be replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle to be announced early next year.

Asked about such a move, Cheng, said there is no plan for a Cabinet reshuffle.

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