Tue, Nov 27, 2001 - Page 1 News List

Lien Chan presents KMT economics team

By Stephanie Low  /  STAFF REPORTER

KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) unveiled yesterday the party's "financial and economic team" and 10 goals for the economy that the party promises to fulfill if it remains the largest party in the legislature after Saturday's elections.

The promises include maintaining the economic growth rate at 6 percent, reducing the unemployment rate to below 3 percent, balancing the budget in four years and keeping the country's main stock-market index at over 7,000 points.

Lien pledged that his party will make good on the promises by putting forth economic policies with the help of the team and lead the proposals through the Legislative Yuan.

The party may even be able to support a "financial and economic team" in the Cabinet, Lien said.

"If the KMT remains the largest party and is able to ally with like-minded lawmakers, we, according to the constitutional framework, can support a competent financial and economic team in the administrative branch, which will work for the government," he said.

Most members of the KMT's 18-member team, led by party Vice Chairman and former premier Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), are former Cabinet members who now work at the National Policy Foundation, the KMT's think tank.

They include former vice premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄), former chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development Chiang Pin-kun (江丙坤), former minister of transportation and communications Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) and former ministers of finance Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) and Paul Chiu (邱正雄).

Lien said the KMT's wealth of talent and professionals in the economic and financial sectors should be valued by the government, no matter which party is in power.

In addition to the 18-member team, Lien said, there are a number of others with KMT membership working in academia and the business sector who would make ideal candidates for the next Cabinet.

Lien reiterated that party-to-party negotiations will be necessary if the DPP is to form a coalition government with the KMT after the elections.

"Party-to-party negotiations don't mean `taking over the entire pie,' as this mentality is too narrow-minded," Lien said.

"Those negotiations are what provide the basis of inter-party cooperation, which is the proper way [in a democracy]."

Citing the example of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) appointment of Tang Fei (唐飛) as premier in May last year without negotiating with the KMT, Lien urged Chen to "learn a lesson" from the failure.

"That was like press-ganging, which isn't the way to handle the matter at all," Lien said.

Lien again urged the president to provide the public with a clear explanation as to how he is going to form his proposed coalition government, as the idea is "getting more and more unclear," now that he has announced the establishment of a "cross-party alliance for national stabilization" to prepare for the formation of the new Cabinet.

"We feel very strange, because the Constitution already clearly states how a government should be formed," Lien said.

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