Economy to be top priority for new Cabinet

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The new Cabinet to be sworn in this morning has set “economic stimulus” as its top priority, although the new administrative team headed by Premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) will have its hands full tackling multiple thorny domestic and overseas issues. Incoming Premier Jiang, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo, and 39 other senior officials of the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) will be sworn in by President Ma Ying-jeou at the Presidential Office.

Jiang will then head to the Executive Yuan where outgoing Premier Sean Chen will hand over the reins to him in a changeover ceremony to be presided by Vice President Wu Den-yi.

He is expected to hold his first Cabinet meeting the same day. Key members of the new Cabinet lineup also include incoming Executive Yuan Secretary General Chen Wei-jen, Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Yeh Kuang-shih, Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch, and head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development Kuan Chung-ming.

There will be no traditional honeymoon for the new Cabinet since it will be confronted by several pressing challenges at home and overseas.

Jiang, former vice premier, was known to have kept a busy working schedule during the nine-day Lunar New Year holidays to coordinate priority policies.

The new Cabinet has designated boosting the economy as its top priority, and will look to push public construction projects to induce investments and economic activities amid an international slowdown and rising energy costs.