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Cabinet brainstorms ahead of inauguration

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Yesterday's Cabinet meeting was simply a brainstorming session, said Kuan Chung-ming, who will serve as a minister-without-portfolio in the new Cabinet.

Kuan added that no concrete conclusions had been reached during the meeting.

The meeting was held in a lead-up to the new Cabinet's swearing-in ceremony slated for Feb. 18, which will be led by premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah, who served as vice premier under Premier Sean Chen.

Jiang yesterday held a meeting with Vice Premier-designate Mao Chi-kuo, Executive Yuan Secretary-General-designate Chen Wei-jen. and the heads of finance-related ministries, the Ministry of Education, the Council of Agriculture and the Department of Health, said Executive Yuan spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen.

The attendees discussed the Executive Yuan's overall objectives for this year as well as model free trade zones, said Kuan, who will double as chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development in the new Cabinet.

Given that his predecessor, Yinn Chii-ing, had already made related plans on the setup of model free trade zones, the participants in yesterday's meeting didn't spend much time talking about it, Kuan said.

"Instead, we exchange ideas in the meeting, where no concrete conclusions were made," he said.

Separately, Ministry of Economic Affairs officials said yesterday that due to the Chinese New Year break, they haven't met with Chang Chia-chu, the new economics minister.

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