Tue, Nov 07, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: MOFA budget trimmed

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

The legislature cut next year's budget for "foreign aid and donation" programs proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) by NT$100 million (US$3 million) yesterday. Legislators from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) proposed the cut on the grounds that the MOFA had compiled inflated figures in annual budget plans for foreign aid or donations and that these efforts had performed poorly. TSU Legislator Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) proposed that the budget planned by the MOFA for foreign aid and donation programs for next year -- totaling NT$9.73 billion -- be cut by NT$3 billion since the figure was "inflated" and not justified by successful performance. However, after debate and negotiations, the legislators decided that the budget would be cut by a "ceremonial" NT$100 million.

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