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Inviting Citizens to Build a Grand Vision Together

Mayor Wen-je Ko has made several bold moves to push for innovation and reform since he took office. People are impressed with the new and refreshing municipal development. In order to further break Taipei City Government’s policy making pattern of the past to better meet citizens’ needs and expectation, Mayor Ko decides to make “vision statement,” “performance review,” “policy objectives,” and “four-year plan” of city departments and offices available to the general public.

He named a few city departments whose missions closely related to citizens’ daily life to be the first to make the aforesaid information public, including the Department of Civil Affairs, the Department of Education, the Department of Economic Development, the Public Works Department, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Police Department, the Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Fire Department, and the Department of Information and Tourism. On January 15, 2016, the “vision statement,” “performance review,” “policy objectives,” and “four-year plan” of these departments were posted on the Taipei City Government Online Forum (the Online Forum; https://www.facebook.com/1415211765449004/) for people to comment and discuss online. All of the other city departments and offices are expected to follow the practice and post the information on the Online Forum by the end of January this year. People will also be allowed to evaluate directly via i-Voting.