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Announcing Members of the 5th Term of Taipei Youth Commission

  In order to realize Mayor Ko’s ideal of “open government and public participation,” Taipei Youth Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the Commission”) was officially established on September 1, 2015. Through the expansion of youth participation and the integration of social resources, it seeks to draw a blueprint for Taipei youth development. Young members of the Commission are selected from the online self-nomination by an independent selection committee. The ten young members for the 5th term of the Commission are Hsiao-chan Chang, Kuang-chih Tzeng, Po-lin Ko, Hui-chi Kou, Chen-yu Wang, Tzi-kai Lin, Cheng-yin Lee, Yi-lin Tsai and Chia-hsin Chang. Also picked by the selection committee are the three external expert members: Yan-liang Chen, Shi-en Chou and Sheng-chieh Chou. 
  The 5th term of the Commission is chaired by Mayor Ko. The two vice chairpersons are Ling-yu Hsiao, Advisor to the Maryor, and Li-min Hsu, Attending Physician of the National Taiwan University Hospital. The former is appointed by the Mayor within the Taipei City Government and the latter is chosen by the selection committee. The internal expert members are Tsung-hsiung Tsai, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Shiue-hui Chen, Commissioner of Social Welfare, and Tsan-chin Tseng, Commissioner of Education, Chung-chieh Lin, Commissioner of Economic Development, and Yi-ting Liu, Commissioner of Information and Tourism. There are 21 commission members in total for the 5th term. All members serve one year from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 and are non-paid positions.   
  Mayor Ko is determined to “make Taipei a livable and sustainable city,” which is one of the goals of the Taipei City strategy map. For the next stage of Taipei City long-term development, he emphasizes young people’s opinions on urban development and municipal services, such as education, career, starting a business, housing, maternity and childcare, life, etc. He believes their ideas would revitalize Taipei’s development and help the government meet their needs. Accordingly, Taipei City Government organizes a field trip for the young commission members to learn more about municipal issues. They will visit two public housing complexes in mid-September – Jiankang and Dongming. It is hoped the visit will help them have a profound understanding of municipal problems, and further inspire their creative thinking on other issues.
  Young citizens are the key to Taipei’s progress. The Commission brings government staff, youth leaders and social elites together. By exchanging opinions and ideas, they explore young people’s needs and develop youth development policies. Maryor Ko believes the Commission serves as a platform for young commission members to communicate with the government. Not only does it make policies more comprehensive, but also invigorates policy making and execution.