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Jiang, Chen Chu to discuss petrochemical industry safety
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-18 04:43 PM
Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun announced Monday that Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu will meet during the afternoon of Friday, August 22, to exchange views on safe development of the petrochemical industry in Taiwan.

Mayor Chen called Premier Jiang the evening of August 8 to express her thanks on behalf of the people of Kaohsiung to the central government and its ministries for disaster assistance and relief offered following the gas explosions of July 31 in Kaohsiung. She also took the opportunity to bring up the topic of future development of Taiwan's petrochemical industry, with a special emphasis on safety and security of the public. Chen suggested a meeting to exchange views with Jiang on the subject.

Sun noted that this is an issue of vital concern to the premier, saying that Jiang has instructed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and other agencies to prepare materials for such a discussion. Jiang was briefed on August 13 by MOEA on current plans regarding future development of the industry but did not give out any final instructions at the time.

Sun added that the two will discuss current issues in the petrochemical industry and present a first round of instructions concerning planning and development. Personnel from the MOEA and relevant departments will also be on hand to provide data and offer suggestions to the two officials.

Sun explained that both Jiang and Chen realize that this first meeting will not produce a definitive solution to the directions and goals of the petrochemical industry in the future. By being ready to sit down and rationally face the problems, however, the two will be able to make a good start in finding solutions.

The MOEA has said it will again brief Premier Jiang the morning of August 20 on its plants for future development of the petrochemical industry.

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