Taipei--Taiwan needs to speed up the pace at which it improves and updates its infrastructure in order to end years of economic stagnation, the Presidential Office said Monday.
The office was responding to a survey released by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation Monday, which showed a lack of support for the government's eight-year, NT$882.49 billion (US$29 billion) "forward-looking infrastructure development plan."
In the survey, 50 percent of respondents said they did not support the plan, compared with 37 percent who expressed support.
According to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???), the most important thing for Taiwan at this point is to complete all major reforms and infrastructure renewal projects as soon as possible.
"Leading the country out of years of stagnation is our top priority and is also highly anticipated by the people," he said.
Through the efforts made by the government and the people, Taiwan's business climate, exports and economic growth are all showing improvement compared with a year ago, which indicates that the country is emerging from stagnation and entering a positive cycle, he argued.
Huang, did not comment, however, on the fall in President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) approval rating in the wake of Panama severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of China.
According to the same survey, conducted on June 19 and 20, only 33.1 percent of respondents said they approve of the way Tsai is leading the country, the lowest level since her inauguration in May 2016.
In contrast, 49.6 percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel