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Nearly 64% of Ma's 2008 campaign promises achieved: Cabinet

Nearly 64% of Ma's 2008 campaign promises achieved: Cabinet

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has fulfilled almost 64 percent of the policies laid out in his manifesto when he was first elected in 2008, according to a report released by the Cabinet on Tuesday to mark Ma's sixth year as president. Of the 414 policies listed in Ma's policy white paper during his first presidential term, 264 have been realized, while 142 of the 147 currently being implemented have yielded initial results, the report said. The other three policies were cancelled due to a change of circumstances, it added. Between 2010 and 2013, the government signed eight economic agreements with China, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore and managed to resume talks with the United States under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, the report noted. Meanwhile, 20 companies so far have decided to set up operations in the free economic pilot zones planned near six seaports and one airport in Taiwan, with a net investment of NT$1.67 billion, the Cabinet said. Since Taiwan opened its doors wider to Chinese tourists in July 2008, there have been 7.04 million Chinese visitors to Taiwan in tour groups, bringing in NT$355.1 billion in tourism revenue, according to the report. It noted that as of May 2014, Taiwan had gained visa-free treatment for its citizens for travel to 140 countries worldwide. The report said that thanks to the government's efforts to boost employment over the past six years, the number of employed people in Taiwan had increased by 620,000 to 11.03 million as of February. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped to 4.03 percent in March from a high of 6.13 percent in August 2009, it noted. In addition, the government has raised the minimum wage every year since 2011 and is scheduled to increase it again on July 1 to NT$19,273, the Cabinet reported. Citing a 2013 report by the World Economic Forum, the Cabinet said Taiwan's rankings in terms of global competitiveness has improved significantly over the past few years, climbing from 17th in 2008 to 12th in 2013. Also in 2013, the World Bank Group ranked Taiwan 16th worldwide in terms of ease of doing business, which was a dramatic rise from 61st in 2008, the Cabinet report said. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-01-19 01:19 GMT+08:00