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Youth advisory group launched
Central News Agency
2014-07-05 08:20 PM
Taipei, July 5 (CNA) The Executive Yuan announced Saturday the 27 members of its newly launched youth advisory group, set to hold its first meeting later this month. Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said that 27 young people -- 18 men and nine women -- with an average age of 27 have been selected from among 248 people who registered online to join the group. "The group will convene its first meeting later this month, after which it will have one meeting every three months," Sun said, adding that there will be subgroup meetings in the intervals. He said that Premier Jiang Yi-hua expects the group to "serve as a bridge of communications between the government and (Taiwan's) youth." The group is expected to provide advice to help government agencies get a better grasp of what the young population is thinking. Among the members is Sega Cheng, chairman and CEO of LIVEhouse.in, an online streaming service. Cheng said that as someone in charge of an Internet startup, he is concerned that Taiwan's Internet sector has been overtaken by South Korea's and Singapore's. He also said he hopes that good communication can be maintained between the government and young Taiwanese citizens. Liu Yu-cheng, another member who was the director of a cram school before moving back home five years ago to take over his father's farming business, noted that the free economic pilot zone project being pushed by the government will have a great impact on the agricultural industry. "I wish to speak up on behalf of farmers on agricultural issues," Liu said. Tsai Chang-hung, a teacher in the rural community of Green Island, said he hopes to show the government the lack of educational resources in remote areas and narrow the urban-rural divide. President Ma Ying-jeou called for the establishment of the advisory group in a speech to mark his sixth anniversary in office on May 20. Ma noted that student-led protests against the trade-in-services agreement with China and the fate of the nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant earlier this year drew great attention from young people, which he said demonstrates that the younger generation in Taiwan is becoming more and more aware of the issues affecting the country. Allowing young people access to the government system and letting them take part in policy-making will help lessen the gap between them and the administration, he said. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu)
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