Sep 05, 2017MarketComments Off on William Lai leaves Tainan to take up premiership
William Lai, the mayor of the southern city of Tainan, has taken over the position of premier.
President Tsai Ing-wen appointed Lai to the position after Lin Chuan, tendered his resignation on Monday. Lin had been the first premier of the Tsai administration, holding the office since May last year
President Tsai Ing-wen called a press conference Tuesday at which she praised Lai's abilities and outlined her expectations for him.
She said Lai will be in charge of seven major tasks. These include speeding up the 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan, growing investment in the government's infrastructure plan, ensuring a stable electricity supply while phasing out nuclear power, and completing reform programs in taxes and other areas.
Lai said he will show ability and efficiency in his new post. He also said he will work to complete the policy blueprints laid out by the president.
Lai also thanked the people of Tainan for their support of him as mayor and for allowing him the chance to take on a bigger challenge. He had been mayor of the city since the end of 2010.