Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) Taiwan should set up a special agency that would recruit professionals from various sectors to chart plans in response to the rapidly changing global environment, Vice President Vincent Siew said Friday.
In an era of the global knowledge economy, many countries have no idea how to plan their future in the volatile global environment, Siew said during a meeting with Tomoaki Wada, director-general of Japan's National Institute of Science and Technology Policy.
It is necessary to bring together experts from all walks of life to discuss ways of responding to the rapidly changing world situation and formulate plans for a bright future for all the people, Siew said.
He noted that Japan set up a Cabinet-level national strategy bureau to devise fundamental policies after its Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama took office last year.
South Korea has also set up a government agency under its Presidential Office for future planning, the vice president said, adding that Taiwan has yet to establish such an agency.
While many civic groups are enthusiastic about this type of planning, both the National Science Council and the Council For Economic Planning And Development should also contribute more to long-term national planning, he said.
(By Lee Su-hua and Y.L. Kao)