Hosts of issues to be dealt with at mational conference on economics
Central News Agency
2014-06-08 11:29 PM
Taipei, June 8 (CNA) How to help the country's young people seize new opportunities in the globalized economy will be one of the panel discussion topics at the National Conference on Trade and Economy set for July 26-28 in Taipei, a government spokesman said Sunday. Sun Lih-chyun, the Executive Yuan spokesman, said a group of advisors have set the tone for the conference, which was prompted in part by student-led activists who occupied the Legislature Marchy 18-April 10 in protest against the cross-Taiwan Strait trade-in-services agreement. The protesters expressed concerns that opening up Taiwan's services market to Chinese investors could hurt the job opportunities for Taiwanese workers and young people. In response, the government promised to hold a national conference to address their concerns. After three rounds of advisory meetings, two themes were chosen for the three-day conference -- Taiwan's overall economic development strategies, and balancing regional economic integration efforts and cross-strait trade and economic strategies, according to a statement issued by the Cabinet. Uuder the first theme, panels will focus on such topics as "helping youths turn impacts of globalization into opportunities through innovating education programs" and "helping the disadvantaged through implementing social justice programs." Also to be discussed under this theme is "developing local businesses and enterprises with social responsibility to increase employment opportunities in Taiwan." Under the second theme, participants will break into panels dealing with such topics as "adjusting the nation's trade and economic development strategies," "concrete steps for joining regional economic blocs," "determining the status of cross-strait trade and economic ties" and "ensuring Taiwan's national security and economic as well as cultural autonomy." (By Tang Pei-chun and S.C. Chang)
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