Local communities must take the initiative in efforts to revitalize downtown districts and those that do should receive assistance from the central government, according to a report by a joint government panel.

The committee, formed by the Industrial Structure Council and the Small and Medium Enterprise Policymaking Council, called on state agencies involved to cooperate closely and coordinate their revitalization polices to maximize positive results.

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