Local and foreign business organizations yesterday called on the nation's two political camps to refocus on economic issues through reconciliation and cross-party cooperation.
"The industry needs a stable political environment and benign interaction between the executive and legislative branches of government," said Tsai Horng-ming (
Tsai said that the poor voter turnout in recent years indicated that people have come to loathe the constant and irrational political conflict, which has not done the nation any good.
The federation appealed for quick passage of the amendment to the Statute for Upgrading Industries (
Chen Cheng-yi (
He called on the pan-blue and pan-green camps to honor the nation's interests, rather than party interests, in the new legislature.
In addition, the chamber also called on the new legislature to expedite the promulgation of financial and economic bills to improve the fundamentals for sustainable development.
Extending cross-strait exchan-ges is a priority for both foreign and local business leaders.
"Cross-strait, cross-agency and cross-party cooperation, the three themes of our new White Paper, are the priority as far as we are concerned," said Richard Vuylsteke, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.
The European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT) said it hoped the new legislature will resolve issues stemming from the stringent cross-strait regulations which are currently in place.