Premier: Government must make an impact on people’s lives

  • Date: 2017-09-14
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Premier Lai Ching-te said at today’s Cabinet meeting that among President Tsai Ing-wen’s seven main expectations of the new Cabinet, the most critical is the effective management of progress and budgeting capabilities within all programs to reduce unnecessary expenditures.

This includes the “five plus two” innovative industries program to transform industrial structure, projects to stabilize the power supply and the switch to alternate sources of energy, as well as other important projects touching on the economy and people’s livelihoods. The premier indicated that he will personally supervise the execution of all such foundational national development programs.

Government policies must bring tangible benefits to people, the premier emphasized, not only through the vision and value of various programs, but also in their implementation. Such an approach is the only way to demonstrate the government’s determination, and boost the public’s confidence in national governance.

The premier asked the National Development Council to coordinate and provide support for this work. By applying the highest levels of capability and effectiveness, the government can ensure that all projects are completed on time and on spec, thereby increasing Taiwan’s competitiveness and bolstering the people’s welfare.

The government builds credibility by delivering what the public wants rather than only what must be done. It is critical to focus on the broadest common denominator, said the premier, and each minister and agency head must replace control-oriented policies with service-oriented policies. If the government is able to fully reflect public opinion in its policy-making and legislation, then public support will necessarily follow, allowing the government to generate trust organically. Guided by a spirit of service, the administration must work together to solve rather than merely define problems affecting the people.

When the fourth session of the ninth Legislative Yuan opens next Friday (September 22), the premier, accompanied by his ministers and agency heads, will deliver the Executive Yuan’s administrative policy report and respond to legislators’ questions.

The premier reaffirmed that since taking office, he has already met with every party caucus in the Legislature to raise three points: The first is that his team at the Executive Yuan will respect and accept the Legislature’s oversight moving forward, and will be held to the same standard of oversight that he himself applied when serving as party whip in the Legislative Yuan. The second is his acknowledgement that the Kuomintang, the People First Party, and the New Power Party hope for improved communication and coordination between his Cabinet and their legislative caucuses and other legislators. The third is his wish to seek closer cooperation between his administration and legislators of all parties to push forward major legislation aimed at national progress. The goal is to improve overall administrative success by having every ministry and agency head embrace this principle and personally appear at the Legislative Yuan to help explain relevant issues during the general interpellation.