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Premier Jiang: discuss appropriate petrochemical development strategy
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-14 06:21 PM

Premier Jiang Yi-huah stated Thursday that he will instruct the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to find a balance between safety, economic development, and job creation through professional forward planning and will discuss an appropriate petrochemical development strategy with local governments including Kaohsiung.

Jiang stated in the morning at an Executive Yuan meeting, the petrochemical industry is very important to Taiwan and Kaohsiung and has always played a key role in economic development and job creation in Kaohsiung.

He said, the recent gas explosion accident deeply affects the future development of the petrochemical industry and has garnered attention from all sectors of society towards petrochemical industry safety. Central and local governments have come to a consensus which is to develop the petrochemical industry under the condition of ensuring safety.

Jiang indicated, the Executive Yuan will instruct the Ministry of Economic Affairs to find a balance between safety, economic development, and job creation through professional forward planning and discuss an appropriate petrochemical development strategy with local governments including Kaohsiung.

Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and next Minister of Economic Affairs Woody Duh stated at a press conference after the Executive Yuan meeting, Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu recently called Jiang hoping to meet him to discuss the safe development of the petrochemical industry. However, the meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Duh indicated, to promote thorough discussion with the Kaohsiung City Government, the MOEA has created plans and ideas. The first goal is Jiang’s condition of safety first. No matter the future development of the industry, current pipeline safety is most essential.

He said, he hopes to discuss with the Kaohsiung City Government in the further whether to consider reducing pipelines passing through the metropolitan area as much as possible. Maximum reduction is the solution then whether to relocate Northern Kaohsiung’s petrochemical companies in the future must be considered. If relocation is decided, then a suitable location must be considered. These are all items that must be discussed with the Kaohsiung City Government.

Duh stated, currently he is not clear as to the direction of the Kaohsiung City Government. However, the MOEA has already preformed an analysis. He hoped to hold discussions with the Kaohsiung City Government, reach a consensus, and plan further in detail.

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