Commercial Times: Economic conference useless without participation
Central News Agency
2014-06-20 10:45 AM
The Cabinet is scheduled to hold meetings around Taiwan this weekend to pave the way for a national economic conference in late July. Opposition parties, however, have refused to participate, while most business leaders will not be able to attend, rendering such a conference meaningless no matter how many resolutions it reaches. In fact, the national economic conferences held over the past decade have all centered on several old issues, such as how to improve the investment environment, how to promote economic ties with China, how to accelerate industrial upgrade, how to cope with the impact of globalization and how to build a comprehensive social security system. Once again, the upcoming event will focus on two similar themes: economic development strategy in the context of globalization and strategies to take part in regional economic integration and deal with cross-strait economic relations. It is clear that Taiwan's economic plight has continued over the years not because solutions are not available, but because the struggle between ruling and opposition parties is too fierce for any rational debate. There is no doubt that Taiwan is facing the challenges of globalization and regional economic integration, but it is partisan politics which is barring leaders from looking at the issues calmly. The endless struggle between ruling and opposition camps has divided Taiwan against itself. It will be more meaningful for politicians to use their wisdom to solve this political problem than participate in the national economic conference. (Editorial abstract -- June 20, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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