Secretary-General to the President Chen Chu (陳菊) attended the Ministry of Finance 2019 Uniform Invoice Cup Road Race marking the Presidential Office Building's 100th anniversary and fired the starter's pistol for the amateur division on March 24. Secretary-General Chen thanked everyone for their enthusiastic participation in the event marking the building's centennial and the development of democracy in Taiwan.
In remarks, Secretary-General Chen said she was very happy to see nearly 20,000 people from both home and abroad take part in the event. She thanked the Ministry of Finance, First Financial Holding Company, and the Taipei City Government for meaningfully incorporating this event into the Presidential Office Building's centennial celebrations.
The secretary-general stated that the centennial activities had given people an opportunity to stand witness to the development of democracy in Taiwan and the many ups and downs experienced by the country over the past century. The activities were a reminder that since Taiwan's transition from authoritarianism to democracy, the Presidential Office Building has become the people's Presidential Office. On behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen, she thanked everyone for their participation and again expressed appreciation to the host and supporting organizations, as well as the many participating civic groups, for the tremendous assistance they had lent to the Office of the President with event preparations. She further said she was looking forward to a successful road race.
In closing, the secretary-general again thanked everyone for coming together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Presidential Office Building and pay witness to the development of democracy in Taiwan. "You are all witnesses to history," she stated.
After concluding her remarks, Secretary-General Chen, Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮), Chairman Ray Dawn (董瑞斌) of First Financial Holding Co., Legislator Shih Yi-fang (施義芳), and Taipei City Government Deputy Secretary-General Hsueh Chuen-ming (薛春明) took part in firing the starter's pistol for the road race's amateur division.