Mon, May 01, 2000 - Page 1 News List

Tang names last Cabinet appointees

FINISHING TOUCHES An academic prominent in devising Lee Teng-hui's `no haste, be patient' policy is to become Taiwan's main economic planner

By Hung Chen-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier-designate Tang Fei (唐飛) confirmed yesterday the final choices in the new Cabinet line-up -- including the head of the country's top economic planing agency. Economic scholar Chen Po-chih (陳博志) will become the chairman of the Council of Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) while nuclear engineer Hsia Te-yu (夏德鈺) will take over as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission(AEC).

Economist Lo Fu-chuan (羅福全) has also reportedly been appointed as Taiwan's new representative to Japan.

With the Cabinet-building now completed, President-elect Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Tang will hold a press conference today to introduce their new administration to the public.

Chen, Tang and the new Cabinet will take office on May 20.

Chen Po-chih was yesterday reported as having agreed to the nomination as chairman of the CEPD, which acts as an official think tank to advise the government on economic planning, and a coordinator between different ministries in promoting crucial cross-agency policies.

The completed financial and economic team includes Lin Chuan (林全) as director-general of budget, accounting and statistics, Shea Jia-dong (許嘉棟) as Minister of Finance, Lin Hsin-yi (林信義) as Minister of Economic Affairs, and Perng Fai-nan (彭淮南) remaining as governor of the Central Bank of China.

The incoming CEPD head is believed to have had a close relationship with both outgoing President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and President-elect Chen Shui-bian. A National Taiwan University academic, Chen has advised the DPP on financial and economic issues and contributed to the president-elect's white paper on economic policy.

He has also been a principle architect of the so-called "no haste, be patient (戒急用忍)" policy which limits Taiwan investment in China and has been a major factor in Lee's cross-strait policy.

He told reporters yesterday, however, that there was a need to review and rectify the policy due to the government's efforts to enter the WTO. But he insisted that the policy should not be abolished.

In related news, Schive Chi (薛琦), one of Chen's university colleagues, has reportedly quit his post as CEPD vice chairman. Schive has reportedly decided to return to research work, declining an offer to serve as a minister-without-portfolio.

Hsia, the incumbent head of the AEC's research institute on nuclear energy, is to become the AEC's chairman, an appointment confirmed by government spokesman-designate Chung Ching (鍾琴) yesterday.

According to Chung, Hsia received a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT and has worked for the AEC for more than 10 years.

Another important appointment in the foreign relations field is also reportedly about to be confirmed.

Lo, an academic at the UN University in Japan, is likely to take over for Chuang Ming-yao (莊銘耀), secretary general-designate of National Security Council, as representative to Japan.

DPP lawmaker Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) was quoted as saying yesterday that Lo has served in the UN to resolve economic issues in developing Asian countries and is therefore familiar in political circles in many Asian countries.

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