Premium Event with MOTC Minister Lin

18 September, 2020

The ECCT held a Premium Event lunch with Dr Lin Chia-lung, Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). Read the full event report here.

The event was jointly arranged by the ECCT’s Mobility and Travel & Tourism committees. At the event, Minister Lin gave a presentation after which he engaged in a panel discussion with co-chairpersons of the two committees. The lunch was also attended by four officials from the MOTC and around 75 ECCT members and guests. MOTC officials attending were Chen Wen-juei, Director-General of the Department of Railways and Highways; Michael Jsao (Chin-wei), Section Chief of the Department of Railways and Highways; Chang Shi-chung, Director of the Tourism Bureau and Huang Yung-kuei, Deputy Director of the Directorate General of Highways.

In the panel discussion, Minister Lin answered questions from committee chairpersons Jan Hollmann, Michael Grewe and Mathias Busse from the Mobility committee and Achim von Hake and Michael Wu from the Travel & Tourism committee. On a question about the ministry’s plan for electric mobility, Lin acknowledged the need for cross-ministry coordination to reach the government’s electric vehicle (EV) goals for buses, motorcycles and passenger cars in consultation with companies across the supply chain, including car makers, electric charging producers and services providers. Asked what the government’s plan is if the pandemic continues into 2021, Lin replied that everyone should work on creative ways to continue doing business and living with Covid-19 rather than waiting for a vaccine or treatments. He mentioned the recent visit by a delegation from the Czech Republic, which showed that, while difficult, it is possible to arrange safe and enjoyable trips even during the pandemic.

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