Taiwan government to set up child welfare agency: Premier Lai

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Premier William Lai met child welfare groups Saturday.

Premier William Lai met child welfare groups Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

The government plans to establish a Cabinet-level commission that will be responsible for child welfare in Taiwan, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said Saturday.

Speaking in Taipei at an annual forum hosted by the Child Health Alliance Taiwan (CHAT), Lai said the relevant ministries and agencies will work together on the plan.

By next year, he said, the Cabinet expects to hold its first meeting that will include the new agency.

Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, Lai said, Taiwan has been working to better protect the rights of children and people with special needs, in line with international standards.

The Cabinet will continue to work with experts, schools and families to achieve the goals of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, he added.

Currently, Taiwan does not have a government agency or ministry dedicated to child welfare. (By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)