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Premier of Taiwan tells corporate leaders to focus on workers

Staff writer ▼ | June 17, 2016
Taiwans' Premier Lin Chuan addressed corporate leaders, urging them to focus on the nation's workforce and casting the government's role as an "ignitor" for the sluggish economy.
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Work in Asia   The Third Wednesday Club in Taipei
Speaking at the Third Wednesday Club in Taipei for half an hour before taking three rounds of questions, Lin said companies needed to look into increasing wages and that the government would work to attract investment.

Despite reiterating administration initiatives on green energy and the Asian Silicon Valley concept, Lin also spoke frankly, saying that renewable energy would take years to become a marketable industry and that many government plans required further research.

While answering questions, Lin said the government would not categorize foreign direct investment as a key performance indicator, saying that numerous factors had to be considered.

He said it was a major concern that some Taipei workers could not afford to live near the capital, with some commuting more than an hour to work, and said the central government needed to work closely with its local counterparts to improve social housing.

"I am here to solve your problems," Lin told the audience, emphasizing that priority would be extended to companies that wanted to improve employment conditions rather than ignore the situation and simply hire foreign workers.