Thu, Aug 23, 2001 - Page 17 News List

Conveners of conference discuss coming agenda

STAFF WRITER

Several conveners of the Economic Development Advisory Conference (經發會) yesterday began outlining a mechanism for digesting the mountain of proposals to be tabled during the three-day Conference (經發會), slated to begin on Friday.

Vice conveners, including Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), met yesterday afternoon to preview the conference's panel proposals and to discuss the general assembly's agenda.

They also finalized a mechanism for formulating the the conclusions of the conference.

According to government spokesman Su Tzen-ping (蘇正平), primary conclusions reached at each panel will be classified as those with "consensus" support and those with "majority" support before being raised on the general assembly floor for discussion and voting.

Before the general assembly takes place, the leader of each panel will consult with other committee members to solicit support for the decisions reached by each panel.

The group also decided that, since various panels may propose overlapping policies, such issues will be submitted to the floor meeting separately.

Meanwhile, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung held a meeting yesterday to plan how the Cabinet could best process recommendations after the conference concludes.

Chang said that various ministries would have to submit details of laws and regulations that may need to be amended as a result of the conference's conclusions.

All amendments would have to be reviewed and passed by the Executive Yuan before Sept. 13, in order to cope with the next session of the Legislative Yuan held starting Sept. 18, Chang said.

He said that the Council for Economic Planning Development would oversee the process.

The conference was proposed by the Chen administration in an effort to gather ideas and create a consensus within the government and society as to the actions to be taken to revive the local economy.

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