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The 1st youth advisory group meet held in Executive Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The first ever youth advisory group of the Executive Yuan yesterday convened its first meeting and made a consensus of scattering the 25 advisors into six teams and holding a large meeting with Premier Jiang Yi-huah's (江宜樺) attendance every three months.

Jiang yesterday said the youth advisory group was formed under the influence of the Sunflower Student Movement, noting that President Ma Ying-jeou and himself both supported the government in increasing opportunities to communicate and listen to the opinions of the nation's young adults.

In light of this, the president instructed the Cabinet to set up a youth advisory group for young adults who are under 35 years old to provide suggestions to the executive branch, Jiang explained, adding that the Executive Yuan earlier in July named 25 advisors from 248 applicants, Jiang said.

Apart from 22 advisors and the premier, several Cabinet members including National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) and Minister without Portfolio Feng Yen (馮燕) also attended the 90-minute meeting yesterday.

Consensus Agreements Made

Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) later held a press interview, saying that the 25 advisors will be distributed into six teams in various fields of expertise, adding that the teams will convene several meetings before the next large meeting to be held in three months.

Sun said during the 90-minute meeting that the newly selected advisors suggested that the last 30 minutes of the large meeting to be held every three months should be broadcast on the Internet. Advisors also suggested that the officials and advisors should interact with netizens during the meeting, Sun said.

The next large meeting will decide the priorities of the agendas that the advisors would like to discuss in the following year, Sun said, noting that one of the advisors also suggested that key performance indicators should be established and all meetings should be recorded for future review.

Advisors' Opinions

One of the youth advisors, Chen Sheng-kai (陳聖凱), urged all advisors to voice their opinions to the government. He said “the officials have heard too many compliments about themselves; they need to listen to what we really think about the government.”

Liu Yu-cheng (劉育承), who claims himself to be the only farmer among the newly selected advisors, said that Taiwanese farmers are professionals in agriculture, however, they are not experienced in communicating with the government. He said he hopes his participation in the youth advisory group will provide suggestions to the government from the farmers' perspective.

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