Taipei, Several heavyweights in the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) who are seeking the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential election on Monday will attend an economic forum organized by a foundation of former President Ma Ying-jeou
Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou and former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu, who have thrown their hat into the ring, will participate in the roundtable forum, along with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu although he has not yet declared his hand.
At the forum, which will be hosted by the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation under the theme "Making Breakthroughs and Embracing Challenges," the attendees will discuss how to help address Taiwan's economic problems, reinvigorate the country's competitiveness, foster professional talent, and raise wages.
Gou will give a keynote speech Monday morning and attend the forum in the afternoon, along with Han and Chu.
According to the United Evening News, Han will speak at the forum on a proposed free economic zone that is high on his agenda for the development of Kaohsiung.
Gou, Chu and former Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng will vie for the KMT's nomination to run for president in January 2020 against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party candidate, who has not yet been named.
In the KMT, Han and Gou are seen as the two frontrunners, based on several recent polls.
Han, however, said on April 24 that he did not intend to compete in the KMT presidential primary under the current circumstances, but would be willing to assume responsibility for the future development of Taiwan regardless of personal gain or loss.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel