NDC and DPP heads dispute policy on FEPZs
By Joy Lee, The China Post
June 17, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday argued over the Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZs) policy.
The Executive Yuan has been pushing the bill to the Special Act Governing Free Economic Pilot Zones during the Legislature's extraordinary sessions and Tsai yesterday published an article with local media stating that the policy is established with false logic.
According to Tsai, most parts of the bill to the special act should be revised, and the priority to the revision is to lower the number of FEPZs aimed to be established.
Tsai said that setting up FEPZs in various locations will cause Taiwan to lose its own bargaining chips when negotiating with other countries. If all the agricultural ingredients and processed produce are replaced by duty-free imports it will, according to Tsai, generate serious issues for the industry management system.
She continued, saying that the Executive Yuan did not undertake any overall planning when it comes to the FEPZs policy, but she did not mention if the DPP will propose to eliminate part of the FEPZs.
DPP Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said that the DPP has different concepts and thoughts regarding the economic developments of Taiwan compared to the Kuomintang (KMT).
Tsai Chi-chang said that since it is impossible for the DPP to propose its own version of the bill to the Special Act Governing Free Economic Pilot Zones due to the rejection of the KMT, the DPP will review the bill article by article, strictly.
Discussing before Denying: Kuan
Kuan yesterday said that the NDC has replied to similar questions that Tsai Ing-wen proposed numerous times in the past few weeks but the opposition party refused to listen.
Kuan responded to Tsai Ing-wen's criticism to the FEPZs policy yesterday, saying that the DPP should propose their issues regarding the policy in the Legislative Yuan for discussion instead of demonizing the it outside of the Legislature.
According to Kuan, in order to set up the FEPZs, local governments would have to apply first and the Executive Yuan would be responsible for reviewing the applications.
Kuan said that since the Executive Yuan did not assign the FEPZs, the statement that the government has established too many FEPZs is not correct.
According to Kuan, the government has been promoting the upgrade to industries for many years with various policies, but the FEPZs policy was made to lead the development of many industries instead of a solution to achieve upgrade for industries.
He said that he felt sorry for the fact that many people who oppose the FEPZs policy still insist on criticizing the government based on false information.