Sun, Dec 29, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Premier set to drum up support for jobs projects

ECONOMIC PLAN Yu Shyi-kun plans to visit opposition leaders in an effort to win their support for two projects designed to expand construction and boost employment

By Lin Miao-Jung  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

Premier Yu Shyi-kun plans to visit opposition party leaders soon to solicit support for the Cabinet's two projects to expand public construction and services designed to help lower unemployment, Executive Yuan officials said yesterday.

As of yesterday, the leaders from three opposition parties had not yet responded to the proposed move. Liu Shih-fan (劉世芳), the secretary-general of the Executive Yuan is in charge of organizing the arrangement.

Yu had said that he would visit KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and TSU Chairman Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) to gain their support so that the two projects can be approved by the Legislative Yuan. The projects will need a budget of approximately NT$70 billion.

Officials of the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), who drew up the plans, said that the projects are expected to create 75,000 job opportunities and drive the economic growth rate up to 3.52 percent in the next year, as well as lower the unemployment rate to less than 4.5 percent.

The plan for public works, which will cost NT$50 billion, is expected to push the economic growth rate up 0.38 percentage points higher than the original estimate, according to officials.

The plan for increasing public service jobs, which will cost NT$20 billion, will provide jobs for 75,000 unskilled and unemployed workers, the officials went on.

In order for the two projects to be included on the agenda of the Legislative Yuan's plenary session next Tuesday, CEPD Vice Chairwoman Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) has met with the PFP legislative caucus, while Vice Premier Lin Hsin-yi (林信義), who also chairs the CEPD, will visit the KMT's legislative caucus next Monday to explain the two projects.

According to the Executive Yuan, the two one-year projects are jointly estimated to assist 500,000 people during the economic depression.

The Executive Yuan also announced a "save unemployment" hot line to allow people interested to register for the two projects. The number is 0800 777 888.

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