Duh Tyzz-jiun takes over as MOEA chief
By Ted Chen ,The China Post
August 11, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Executive Yuan yesterday approved Economic Minister Chang Chia-juch's (張家祝) resignation and announced that the position will be filled by current Vice Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍).
Chang announced his decision to step down last Thursday, stating that he is exhausted from navigating the current difficult political environment and bearing the burden of unreasonable criticism from the opposition party over the series of deadly gas-leak explosions in Kaohsiung. Concurrently, Duh had voiced his intent to resign as well, but had changed his stance the following day.
Reports indicate that Chang left Taipei City shortly after announcing his intent to resign and declined to remain at his post despite several attempts at persuasion by Premier Jiang Yi-hua.
Meanwhile, several industry leaders voiced their support for Chang, including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou.
Seamless Transition for Incoming Minister
Reports indicate that Duh, a thirty-year veteran of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), has experience in the field that makes him the most ideal candidate to seamlessly fill the position vacated by Chang. The Executive Yuan yesterday lauded Duh's credentials, citing his numerous degrees in forestry, resource engineering, and varied experiences accrued throughout his tenure in various MOEA departments. Duh is also known as an expert in industrial policy planning, industry and technology development management, and cross-strait economic and trade collaborations, according to reports.
The Executive Yuan stated that as he has risen through the ranks of the MOEA to reach the vice ministerial position, Duh is well-versed in cross-departmental communication and has achieved stellar results in leading initiatives designed to strengthen the competitiveness of Taiwan's traditional industries and small to medium sized enterprises. He has also played vital roles in establishing the ECFA accord with counterparts from across the strait. Duh's appointment to lead the MOEA will ensure that ongoing initiatives will progress seamlessly during the transition period.
Opposition lawmaker Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), however, stated that Duh's appointment represents the paucity of capable candidates in the cabinet. According to Chen, Duh is partially responsible for the lack of sound industrial safety guidelines for the petrochemical sector, making him an unsuitable candidate for economics minister.