DPP considers not attending economy conference
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China Post
June 4, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday confirmed that it has received an invitation from the Executive Yuan to attend the upcoming national conference on economic and trade affairs (經貿國是會議), adding, however, that it is leaning toward not attending the meeting.
The opposition party said that it will make its decision in this week's Central Standing Committee meeting.
DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said that his party has received the Executive Yuan's invitation, adding that Executive Yuan is expecting a reply before June 4.
The DPP believes that the national conference on economic and trade affairs will not solve Taiwan's current economic challenges, and it also believes that the conference will not help address the public's concern over constitutional problems and social justice, the spokesman said.
The conference will focus on cross-strait economic problems, lacking the function to comprehensively address Taiwan's economic problems, Huang said.
The conference will be held from July 26 to 28, while the Legislative Yuan's interim session is scheduled to be convened on June 13, and considering that the ruling party caucus has already placed major financial and economic bills on the docket, the DPP has doubts over whether or not the conference will be able to affect and/or limit the policies of the Ma administration, Huang said.
The DPP proposes coming up with a comprehensive solution to Taiwan's economic problems, and it will continue to focus on issues related to the economy and the constitution while maintaining dialogue with the public, Huang said.
Although the DPP is leaning toward not taking part in the conference, it will make a final decision in its Central Standing Committee meeting on June 4, Huang said.
Huang explained that his party received the invitation on June 30, but that the letter was addressed to former DPP Secretary-General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀), who had stepped down on June 28, adding that the invitation was "flawed."
With regard to the likelihood of the DPP not sending representatives to the meeting, Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said that the invitation was sent out in the hope of getting those concerned about Taiwan's economic development to join in the discussion, and that the Executive Yuan has reserved six seats for the DPP in regional meetings and eight seats for the DPP in the national meeting.
The Executive Yuan is extending the invitation with the utmost sincerity, Sun said.