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Gov't aims to foster talent with int'l reach: president

TAIPEI--esident Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that Taiwan is aiming to address the insufficiency of economic talent with an international outlook in the country, as Taiwan is upping efforts to sign more free trade agreements with other countries.

The government will provide training to develop talents who are capable of keeping up with international trends and meeting the needs of the country, Ma said in his opening remarks at the International Conference on Human Resource Development in the Public Sector in Taipei.

Such talent is insufficient, Ma said, adding that the “the government has held many meetings and has come up with plans.”

Meanwhile, the president cited the 2012 global competitiveness rankings compiled by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development, in which Taiwan was ranked seventh.

Compared with last year, Taiwan made headway in areas of government efficiency and infrastructure in this year's report, Ma added.

Citing Singapore and Hong Kong as examples, Ma said, however, Taiwan needs to reflect on itself and seek further improvement on government efficiency.

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