Departing national development head urges continuation of policies

12/01/2014 07:33 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Departing National Development Council (NDC) chief Kuan Chung-ming said Monday he was taking his resignation in stride but hoped that the council's initiatives would be continued.

Following the crushing defeat suffered by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan's local government elections last Saturday, Premier Jiang Yi-huah stepped down, leading several Cabinet-level officials to also tender their resignation.

Treating his resignation with a "business-as-usual attitude," Kuan urged the government to keep pushing the agency's economic pilot zone program and the HeadStart Taiwan initiative.

"I will depart in the same manner as I arrived," said Kuan, who cleared out his office on Sunday, a day after the election defeat.

Kuan is expected to return to his teaching position as chair professor in National Taiwan University's Department of Finance.

Kuan's aides revealed that the departing minister will not be participating in Wednesday's press conference explaining the procurement process for the HeadStart Taiwan program aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship.

The aides said Kuan did not leave them with any special parting instructions, remaining in his office most of Sunday to finish packing.

The National Development Council's deputy chief, Kao Shien-quey, will attend a Legislative Yuan hearing on the council's 2015 budget on Thursday.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Ted Chen)ENDITEM/ls

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