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Council eyes economic conference setup

By Camaron Kao  /  Staff reporter

The National Development Council (NDC) said yesterday that it plans to hold the first of a series of national economic conferences by the end of this month in an effort to resolve the controversies surrounding the cross-strait service trade agreement.

The NDC is slated to end the events in early June with blueprints to boost the nation’s economy.

The meetings are to be held throughout the nation between this month and next month, NDC Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) said during the interpellation session of the Legislature’s Economic Committee yesterday.

The council has submitted to the Cabinet a short list of candidates for a consultative task force, Kuan said.

The task force would decide conference agendas and generate lists of attendees, he said.

Kuan did not reveal his list of potential consultants. He declined to confirm reports that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀), Acer Inc (宏碁) founder Stan Shih (施振榮) and Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI, 全國工業總會) chairman Rock Hsu (許勝雄) would be tapped as consultants.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is to make the final decision for the group, Kuan said.

“We planned to invite prominent figures to be consultants. Industrial representatives will not be the only choice,” he said.

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