I am highly honored to have been nominated the recipient of the
1968 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. In accepting this award and the honor
that goes with it, I consider myself no more than a representative of all of my fellow
countrymen, both in and outside of the government, who have contributed toward the postwar
industrial development on Taiwan, the island province of the Republic of China. To me, the
Board of Trustees' decision is more of a recognition of the swift and orderly
transformation of my country's economy than a reflection of my own part in it. The
industrialization of any developing country is such a complicated and complex process that
success can be achieved only through well-coordinated efforts on the part of government
officials, farmers, workers, businessmen and professionals.
It is perhaps no coincidence that another of my fellow countrymen, the late Dr. Chiang
Mon-lin, received the first Government Service Award from this Foundation 10 years ago for
his inspiring leadership in establishing a sound rural economy and improving life in the
countryside of Taiwan. Indeed, rural prosperity has been one of the most important prior
conditions for our economic growth in the early stage. Even though the emphasis has
gradually been shifted to industrial development in more recent yearsand Taiwan's
industry is undergoing a process of sophistication which is extremely heartening to all of
us who have been involved in itour policy has remained one of maintaining a balanced
growth between agriculture and industry. As the Board of Trustees rightly pointed out,
this has been the basis of our expanding economy.
Ladies and gentlemen, the part of the world we are living in is still largely a developing
area. People are impatient for a more rapid growth of their national economies so that
their hopes and aspirations for a better life can be fulfilled at an early date. This has
tended to expand the traditional role of government. It is no longer enough for a
government simply to collect taxes, maintain law and order, or provide basic services.
Active government participation in development activitiessuch as planning for more
effective allocation of resourceshas become increasingly necessary. And this has, in
turn, pointed to the increased need for government workers of competence and dedication.
The inclusion of government service as a field of endeavor from which persons are selected
for the Ramon Magsaysay Award testifies to the importance the farsighted founders of the
Foundation have attached to it and, I feel, it is a source of great encouragement to those
Asians already engaged or about to join in government service to make their contributions
to the cause of more rapid economic development and growth. Personally I know of no other
international award that is offered specifically to encourage better performance in
Finally, speaking of encouragement and inspiration, there is nothing that can compare with
the very story of the man himself, whom this Award has been established to honor. Ramon
Magsaysay rose from very humble beginnings to legendary height in both stature and in
fame. His example as a great patriot and outstanding leader of our epoch is truly "a
source of strength and confidence to men everywhere who are sincerely concerned about the
well-being of their fellowmen."