Following in the wake of Steve Chen's (
Shih Yen-shiang (
"The promotions of Shih and Hsieh were decided after discussions between Premier Su Tseng-chang (
Hsieh, 56, earned a master's degree in economics from National Chengchi University, passed the Ministry of Economic Affairs' foreign representatives' exam in 1977 and has rich experience in foreign trade gleaned from his previous appointments in South Africa, North America and Australia.
Before serving as a vice chairman at the Council for Economic Planning and Development in February 2002, Hsieh was secretary-general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, director of the ministry's Department of International Cooperation, and director of the division of the Bureau of Foreign Trade that handles exchanges with the WTO, APEC, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other international business organizations.
Meanwhile, Preston Chen (陳武雄), chairman of the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI, 全國工業總會) which represents some 70,000 Taiwanese manufacturers, yesterday paid a visit to the ministry and urged the government to help attract overseas-based Taiwanese businessmen to return home while simultaneously easing restrictions on China-bound investment.
Accompanied by several CNFI representatives, Preston Chen submitted a number of proposals to the new minister for his consideration.