New Cabinet, Presidential Office officials sworn in

  • The new Cabinet led by Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), Secretary-General to the President Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), and other new Presidential Office appointments were sworn into office 31 Jan morning.
  • During a separate ceremony at the Executive Yuan marking the handover of power from the outgoing Cabinet to the newly appointed one, Chen said he and his Cabinet officials would spare no effort in their tenure until the end of Tsai’s second term in May 24.
  • According to Chen, one of his Cabinet’s priorities is to further loosen COVID-19 disease prevention protocols with the aim of “bringing the lives of people back to normal.”
  • At the same time, the Cabinet will be dedicated to helping companies and individuals that have been economically impacted by the pandemic over the past three years, Chen said.
  • In particular, he said, the government is planning to help boost small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to improve the infrastructure of agricultural and fishing areas.
  • The Cabinet will seek to “lead Taiwan through various challenges” against the backdrop of the volatile global economy and inflation while turning Taiwan into a more resilient and competitive nation for the decade to come, Chen said.
  • He went on to say that the Cabinet would roll out social welfare measures to “ease the financial burdens of the general public” and focus on fighting major crimes, such as illicit drug dealings, organized crime and fraud.
  • Vice President Lai Ching-te said he had the utmost confidence in Chen in fulfilling all the tasks entrusted by Tsai in the next 16 months.

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