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President unveils plan for 'youth advisory group'

President unveils plan for 'youth advisory group'

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the government is planning to form a "youth advisory group" under the Cabinet to allow young people to take part in its policy-making process. Ma unveiled the plan in Taichung, central Taiwan, while speaking to a young audience at China Medical University to mark his sixth anniversary in office, in which he proposed five solutions to deal with the concerns of young Taiwanese. Pointing to the recent student-led protests against a trade-in- services agreement with China and the fourth nuclear power plant, Ma said the fact that these issues have drawn great attention among young people demonstrates that the younger generation in Taiwan is becoming more and more aware of the issues affecting the country. Allowing young people access to the government system and to take part in policy-making will help narrow the distance between the government and the younger generation, he said. He said the planned "youth advisory group" will be comprised of people aged 35 and under, as well as experts and civic body representatives who specialize in youth issues. The group will advise the government on issues relevant to young people, including education, housing, employment, entrepreneurship, marriage, parenthood, international exchanges and volunteer services, the president said. It can also provide a youth perspective in the formulation of other important public policies, he added. According to Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun, the plan is being headed by Minister without Portfolio Feng Yen, and related details will be published later. (By Kelven Huang, Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-07-29 01:36 GMT+08:00