Outgoing Cabinet officials say their goodbyes
By Linger Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Recently resigned Premier Sean Chen said yesterday at the outgoing Cabinet's farewell party that he has appreciated the support offered by his colleagues throughout his term in office.
February 9, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Chen said he adopted a very strict attitude toward processing the government's administrative functions in order to maintain a high level of quality. He said he appreciated the assistance of his staff.
Though he said he was anticipating being given a basketball, the former premier received a tracksuit as a farewell gift. Later, he said a tracksuit was actually better as he would be able to wear it for different types of sport.
Chen said his post-retirement priorities involve taking care of his health and spending time with family.
Shih also says Goodbye
Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) said farewell to the ministry yesterday. Shih had served in the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the past 23 years.
Shih said he would love to be a life-time volunteer in Taiwan's economic development, adding that institutional change is normal.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs threw a farewell tea party for Shih yesterday. The ministry said the party ended Shih's career on a pleasant note and in the presence of representatives and staff from state-owned enterprises.
Shih said he expects Taiwan's economy to continue growing in the future, and hopes for a better future for the nation. He said he expects state-run firms to improve and increase their profit-making performance.
He added that the government should promote the upgrading of Taiwan's industrial structure in favor of more value-added products, expand the scale of international business and trade, and build tighter diplomatic relations with other countries to find more trade partners.