Business leaders voice expectations for president-elect - Focus Taiwan

Business leaders voice expectations for president-elect

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Business leaders on Saturday expressed their expectations for President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to stabilize Taiwan's politics and revitalize the country's economy as soon as possible.

Rock Hsu (許勝雄), president of Taiwan's Chinese National Federation of Industries, said the new government led by Tsai "will have no honeymoon period," given the economic and political challenges facing the country.

Although there are still more than four months before Tsai is sworn in on May 20, it does not mean Taiwan will stay idle during that period, he said.

He urged Tsai to demonstrate her ambitions and announce her choices for the new premier and Presidential Office secretary-general as soon as possible.

He also proposed that Tsai establish a mutual confidence-building mechanism between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and among political parties and the people.

Tsai should also help industries resolve water, electricity, labor, land and talent shortages, expand domestic demand in the coming year and strengthen Taiwan's export competitiveness, he said.

In an open letter to the media, Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih (施振榮) proposed that Tsai invite representatives of business, government and academic sectors to an economic vision conference to find a way out for Taiwan's economic development.

"Hopefully under the leadership of the new president, Taiwan will come to a consensus and find a breakthrough," he said.

Meanwhile, Taipei Computer Association President Tung Tzu-hsien (童子賢) said he hopes Tsai will promote policy and legal changes to revitalize Taiwan's economy and push for tax reform to address the unequal distribution of resources in the country.

Tung also urged Tsai to pay more attention to art and culture, improve Taiwan's business environment and find a way to protect Taiwan's economic growth from political disruption.

(By Lin Meng-ju, Wu Jhe-hao, Chung Jung-feng and Y.F. Low; click here for the full coverage of the elections.) ENDITEM/sc

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