Thu, May 15, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Taichung lauds service center

THREE PROMISES The new service center of the Executive Yuan will help realize the president's promise of upgrading the area to international level


President Chen-Shui-bian, third right -- along with local government heads in central Taiwan -- yesterday turns on the lights on a model of Taiwan to celebrate the opening of the Cabinet's service center for central Taiwan. The center is located in Taichung City.


A united service center of the Executive Yuan was inaugurated yesterday in Taichung City in a ceremony presided over by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), marking an effort by Chen to carry out his promises to people in the region.

The center will eventually become a branch of the Executive Yuan in central Taiwan, Chen announced at the ceremony.

"Residents in central Taiwan have waited for the inauguration of the center for a long time. Our goal is to turn the center into a branch of the Executive Yuan. This is part of our vision for the development of central Taiwan," Chen said.

"I have made three promises to people in the region. The united service center will provide quick and one-window services for people here. It is to help the realization of the three promises," he said.

The three promises include the upgrading of Taichung City to a municipality under direct control of the central government, the opening of an international airport in the region, and the building of a science-based industrial park.

With confidence, Chen mapped out Taichung's future as an international city after the completion of the three projects.

The united service center is expected to play a key role in the realization of Chen's three promises.

But the center has yet to become fully operational since it is waiting for staff to be dispatched from Taipei.

For example, the Ministry of National Defense, has an office in the center but it was still empty yesterday.

The center, for the moment, is to focus on providing economic services to local investors.

Chen said in future, Cabinet members will take turns working in the center for some time to provide a better service to people in the region.

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