Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou
said Sunday that policy proposals submitted by the nation's youth were found to be practical and mature, as some 88 percent of the proposals were adopted by government agencies last year. Ma made the statement during his opening speech at the National Meeting of Youth Policy Forum in Taipei, with Education Minister Wu Se-hwa present. It was noted that if the adoption of policy projects proposed by young people resulted in savings to government agencies, then agencies should encourage and offer positive feedback to young people. More than 300 young people, ages 18-35, attended the national meeting of the 7th Youth Policy Forum, which has been broadcast live, following a number of preliminary meetings held in Taiwan in recent months. Ma attended the forum organized by the Youth Development Administration under the Ministry of Education and answered participants' questions, leaving the meeting shortly before noon. Further, Wu Se-hwa said the Youth Development Administration created programs, such as policy research contests and leadership practicum in goverment institutions, to provide opportunities for the youths to express themselves and devise policy projects after conducting their own research. Wu hoped the youth can take part in public affairs through the policy forum, noting that youth people's enthusiasm and creativity can lead toward better directions for the country's future development.
(By Hsu Chih-wei, Kelven Huang and Kuo Chung-han)Enditem/ROBERT