Task force to prevent media monopolies: Jiang
By Ann Yu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday commissioned a task force to prevent the formation of media monopolies, to be headed by Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政).
February 22, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
According to the Cabinet, the task force is meant as a communication platform to strengthen the connections between itself and the Legislative Yuan.
In a press statement, the Cabinet said this would be the third task force to focus on a specific subject, following those for annuity reform and nuclear power safety.
Jiang explained that the task forces were established because the issues surrounding annuities, nuclear power and media monopolies were among the most hotly discussed topics of this year and thus require significant attention.
In addition, Jiang said that each issue will be provided with a single communication interface as a way to simplify things.
According to Jiang, the Cabinet understands the importance of having good ties with the Legislature. In the process of establishing new policies, the Cabinet is required to give quick, accurate responses to the people's inquiries, as well as working on negotiations with each government bureau when needed, Jiang said.
He also noted the importance of mutual trust between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan, saying it is a pillar of rational and sincere discussions between the two government bodies.
Mutual understanding helps the entire government team in policymaking, Jiang said.
This is what the people want to see, he added.
Task Force Appointments
The premier revealed that currently, Vice Premier Mao Chih-kuo (毛治國) heads the task force concerning nuclear power safety, while Minister without Portfolio Steven Chen (陳士魁) heads the task force for annuity reform.
Jiang said that yesterday morning he informed President Ma Ying-jeou that Chang has been appointed head of the media monopolization prevention task force.
Jiang explained that while major officials already head the task force, higher ranking officials will be responsible for cross-ministry communications.
Yesterday afternoon, Jiang led some Cabinet officials, including Secretary-General Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) and Vice Secretary-General Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎), to visit Kuomintang Policy Committee Chief Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), and Legislators Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) and Lin Te-fu (林德福).