The Cabinet gave the nod Thursday to a set of 2009 administrative guidelines aimed at regenerating national prosperity and ensuring good governance, integrity, and the rule of law, which will be filed with the Legislative Yuan for confirmation by the end of this month.
The guidelines cover five policy directions and one of the principal goals is to boost national competitiveness through improving cross Taiwan-Strait relations, easing regulations, conducting tax reforms, increasing investment in public infrastructure projects, and building a clean, competent and efficient government, a Cabinet official said Friday.
The Cabinet also plans to improve care for the disadvantaged and will continue providing subsidies for low-income households and families close to the poverty line, and well as working to strengthen emergency relief response, according to the official.
The Cabinet has formulated a new national pension scheme set to take effect Oct 1, and has launched a NT$2 million government-subsidized home loan program for young people that will be interest-free for the first two years. The government is also working to improve long term care services for the elderly and expand lunch programs for children from low-income families.
Ensuring Taiwan's self-sufficiency in energy and food is another administrative goal, the official continued, adding that the government has taken various measures to promote energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction, such as encouraging taxi drivers to convert to dual-fuel vehicles, promoting the use of electric scooters, spurring the development of low carbon industries and increasing rice stockpiles by making better use of fallow farmland.
The other objective is pushing for the rejuvenation of culture, education and technology by promoting the development of a cultural and creative industry, reviewing the efficacy of educational reform, establishing criteria for the assessment of teaching quality and strengthening cooperation between enterprises and the academic sector.
Moreover, the government will set up a mechanism that will allow government officials to regularly meet with representatives from all walks of life and listen to their opinions before mapping out future policies.