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Former president's office organizing seminars on economic issues

2012/04/22 19:49:42

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) The office of former President Lee Teng-hui said Sunday that it is organizing three seminars in May and June on issues relating to Taiwan's economic development.

Wang Yen-jun, director of Lee's office, said the staff of the former president have been planning the events since last November and that Lee himself has discussed the issues with former government officials and think tank members, including Taiwan Brain Trust President Wu Rong-i, former Council for Economic Planning and Development Minister Hu Sheng-cheng and National Taiwan University professor of economics Kenneth Lin.

With over 30 local economists invited to take part, Wang said, Lee hopes they can discuss and share their views on the challenges facing Taiwan's economy and that the conclusions reached at the seminars can be considered by the government.

The first of the three seminars will be held May 27 and will focus on the impact of the global situation on Taiwan, while the second, scheduled for June 3, will address challenges posed to Taiwan by emerging markets.

The third one, set for June 10, Wang said, will look into the market economy and the role of the government.

Wang also rebutted a report in the Sunday edition of the United Daily News that relations between Lee and the minor opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) are cooling.

Wang described the report, which was based on Lee's reduced interaction with the party and the little support it received ahead of the Jan. 14 legislative election, as subjective and partial.

Although Lee is seen as the party's "spiritual leader" by many members of the party whose careers have been advanced by the former president, that does not mean Lee actually leads the party, Wang pointed out.

TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia said the party will closely follow Lee's moves and that its legislative caucus will act accordingly to help bring more attention to issues of mutual concern.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Kay Liu)