Time of the Essence
¡@The Asia-Pacific Regional Operations Center Plan is divided into three
phases by two milestones, 1997 and 2000, with different priorities for each phase.
For the phase between the present and 1997, the priorities are the adjustment of
laws and regulations and smaller-scale addition or improvement of facilities. For
the phase from 1997 to 2000 and beyond, the plan will proceed diligently in
keeping with the completion of various major construction projects and the
progress of the Twelve Development Plans. In other words, what can be
implemented in the plan will be implemented immediately, and what can be
implemented first will be implemented as early as possible.
Efficiency of Administrative Agencies
¡@Administrative efficiency of the various government ministries and agencies
is crucial to the success in international economic competition and the
Asia-Pacific Regional Operations Center Plan. To this end, the Executive Yuan
has set up a task force under the premier's personal command. This task force is
responsible for formulating major policies and studying and coordinating on
views and proposals to ensure expeditious decision-making. Responsibilities for
implementation of the plan for the six operations centers have been allocated to
various ministries and agencies in accordance with the principle of efficient
delegation of power and diligent implementation. In addition, a window has been
established under the Council for Economic Planning and Development, by
creating a Coordination and Service Office for Asia-Pacific Regional Operations
Center, to provide businesses with onestop service and overcome investment
barriers. These ministries and agencies will join forces to form a team to attract
foreign investment in Taiwan.
Coordination with Legislative Bodies
¡@According to our preliminary estimate, about 40 statutes and 110
administrative orders need to be adopted or amended in order to carry out the
Asia-Pacific Regional Operations Center Plan. To save time, the government
proposes to enact these measures in the form of an omnibus legislation. The
executive branch will strive to win the support of this proposal from legislators
and expedite the legislative process.
Forging of Consensus
Any new policy of the government requires detailed planning, wide publicity
and consensusbuilding of the people before it can be carried out effectively. This
is particularly true for the Asia-Pacific Regional Operation Center Plan, a
future-oriented project into the next century, whose successful implementation
calls for a consensus by all citizens of our democratic society.