The aim of promoting urban-rural development within the framework of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is to invest appropriately in infrastructure in urban and rural Taiwan to enhance the quality of the public environment and improve people's living conditions. Project selection is guided by five principles: small investment, big benefits, quick turnaround, rapid start-up and making a difference in people's lives. From 2017 to 2025, the plan is expected to complete projects in 16 major categories, including transportation, general welfare, industry, culture and recreation. A budget of NT$181.1 billion (US$6.4 billion) has been set aside for three terms spanning 2017 through 2022.
Sixteen featured project categories
■ Remedy problems of park-and-ride facilities at public transport depots and tourism and recreation areas.
■ Build new-specification roads, improve street and city appearances and functions.
■ For old districts in small and medium-sized towns, improve amenities and transform public areas, transportation depots, and service facilities.
■ Develop local industrial parks to help upgrade businesses and provide local jobs.
■ Restore and revitalize cultural assets to serve as local lifestyle facilities.
■ Renovate and reconstruct school campuses to enrich community functions.
■ Establish basic public service locations at towns, communities and neighborhoods to serve as public service delivery points.
■ Improve sports centers and facilities, integrate conservation with ecology and recreation, and meet people's demands for sports and recreation.
■ Preserve and revitalize the uniqueness of Hakka cultural areas. Promote tourism development and revitalize local economies.
■ Build up indigenous culture and health stations and public service locations. Integrate long-term care, child care and digital learning stations into public service delivery points for indigenous communities.
■ Help transform traditional indigenous industries, and strengthen investment and guidance to support innovative indigenous businesses.
■ Create internationally appealing scenic areas, build an environment for friendly travel services, and upgrade the tourism industry.
■ Augment and optimize the nation's sports centers and facilities, strengthen the population's physical fitness, and improve the public's quality of life.
■ Continue building Hakka communities, and create a balance of cultural depth, geographical uniqueness and environmental harmony.
■ Promote local innovation to bring people back to rural areas and achieve balanced development across Taiwan.
■ Enhance students' learning environment by improving power systems and installing air conditioning at public high schools and below.