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Cabinet submits guidelines

DIRECTION The directives will also push for the use of biofuels in vehicles by offering incentives to taxi drivers to remodel or purchase cars running on cleaner fuels

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Executive Yuan has submitted its administrative guidelines for the year to the legislature, a Cabinet official said yesterday.

The goals of the guidelines are to enhance the country’s competitiveness, expand care for disadvantaged groups, ensure energy and food security, and listen to the voice of the people, the official said.

The government will work to rebuild national competitiveness through deregulation and accessing the global market, the guidelines say.

It will also seek to improve relations with China, push for regulatory relaxation and tax reforms, increase investment and expand the implementation of public construction projects.

It will also push the use of bio-fuel vehicles by offering incentives to taxi drivers to remodel or purchase vehicles capable of running on both liquefied petroleum gas and gasoline, promote electric scooters and energy-efficient light bulbs, and will work to rejuvenate fallow land to increase rice stocks.

Reviewing the effect of education reforms, helping youths to make the transition from school to the job market and promoting cooperation between business and academic circles are also major points.

The next legislative session opens on Feb. 20 and Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) is scheduled to give a policy report to lawmakers that day that will provide details of the guidelines.

Meanwhile, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔) told reporters that the legislature’s third session will focus on bills aimed at reviving the economy and the people’s livelihood.

Yang said the key item on the agenda would be the special budget bill for the expanded public construction program, while other priority bills include one on rural regeneration and one on developing renewable energy.

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