Index could be released in two phases

SENSE OF WELL-BEING::The government has largely based its measures on advice from the OECD, but needs more time to work on elements specific to the nation

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 - Page 3

The government plans to release its well-being index in August as scheduled, but it will be composed only of internationally recognized elements if national elements are not established by then, Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said.

Since former premier Sean Chen (陳冲) was in office, the Executive Yuan has been working to set up an index to evaluate the well-being of the nation’s citizens. The index would be a composite of components used by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and other factors measuring the country’s specific situation.

Chen had planned to release results of the index in August.

However, at a meeting presided over by Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) on Wednesday, a decision was made that the instrument could be developed in two phases if the Cabinet needs more time to reach a consensus on which national factors to be taken into account to measure whether the quality of life of Taiwanese is getting better or worse, Cheng said.

Jiang has given his consent that the Your Better Life Index, which included 24 indicators in 11 dimensions the OECD has identified as essential in the area of material living conditions and quality of life, would compose part of the Taiwanese Index of Well-being, as suggested by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Cheng said.

Cheng said that the Cabinet took a rather cautious approach in deciding on national factors to be included in the calculation of the index.

Jiang demanded a review of a draft proposal on national factors by Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) before it is sent to another Cabinet-level meeting for deliberation and did not set a timetable to decide on a formula for calculating the index, Cheng said.