Su sets 3 targets for the new Cabinet
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that he expects the new Cabinet to raise the nation's average salary by 3 percent, lower its unemployment rate to 4 percent and increase its GDP growth to 5 percent, given that the nation's economic prospects have improved.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Su was quoted as saying that the European sovereign debt crisis had reached an end, and that the U.S. and the European Union were going to start free trade talks.
The chairman reportedly added that Japan is also on the verge of an economic rebound.
Given the global economic conditions, the government should use the opportunity to help the nation recover economically and reach the three aforementioned targets.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and members of his Cabinet were sworn in yesterday. Jiang said that the European debt crisis was not completely over, and that the global economy is recovering at a slow pace.
Nevertheless, based on the results of international economic analysis and statistics, the public does not need to be pessimistic with regard to Taiwan's economy, the premier added.
Jiang also said that he expects Cabinet members to be open-minded about opinions from various sectors when formulating policies.
The DPP will support the government if its policies are economically beneficial to the nation, Su said, adding that the DPP will work harder to ensure “safety,” “freedom” and “happiness” in Taiwan.
The chairman went on to say that the DPP will help supervise food safety, hygiene and national security, as well as protect press freedom in Taiwan.