President Tsai outlines 4 tasks under 'new southbound policy'
Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday outlined four major tasks in promoting her government's "new southbound policy" in its first year.
The president, who presided over a regular policy coordination meeting at the Presidential Office, urged the executive branch to make efforts to strengthen exchanges with countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand.
For those countries with which Taiwan has already built cooperative ties, it should promote high-level exchanges of visits.
The second task aims to speed up the collection of information by the government and private think tanks and step up cooperation with foreign think tanks, noting that Taiwan has yet to do sufficient research on these nations and their industrial sectors.
The third task will be to sign or renew bilateral investment and tax agreements with related countries to better protect the investments of Taiwanese businessmen in those economies.
The fourth task focuses on major projects that will see tangible results in a short time, such as hosting Taiwan image exhibitions in major cities in Southeast Asia, strengthening the role of Taiwan Agriculture Development Co. and recruiting more foreign and overseas Chinese students.
The Executive Yuan should also keep track of the progress of investment projects now under discussion. (Courtesy of CNA)