Amnesty International's Taiwan branch is calling for more transparency in government efforts to improve human rights here in Taiwan.
The opposition Kuomintang's (KMT) legislative caucus is urging the cabinet to send the first agreement signed under the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade to the Legislative Yuan (LY) for review.
ECCT directors give their predictions for the year ahead and what trends to watch
By Duncan Levine
Taiwan's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 61.2 in December, the sixth straight month of gains and the highest level since March 2017.
Taiwan and the European Union held their second round of Trade and Investment Dialogue.
Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai is stressing that the government fully supports the corporatisation of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) within three years.
The Tourism Bureau says nearly 100,000 tourists came to Taiwan in October, after the government lifted quarantine regulations.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has further loosened its quarantine rules for contacts of people confirmed to be positive for the coronavirus - removing the need to take a second rapid test originally required on the third day of quarantine
The government has strong ambitions and local industry players see significant business opportunities by being part of the global electric vehicle supply chain
Over recent decades we have seen an increasing trend of transferring risk from institutions to individuals. There may be good reasons for this, but information asymmetry can make life very difficult for ordinary people to manage the consequences
By Lee Faulkner
President Tsai Ing-wen says she believes that "there is more room for Taiwan and the UK to deepen cooperation in areas such as trade and energy."
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is calling on Australia to post a military attaché to Taipei.
Most EU member states are not on track to reduce air pollution and its related impacts by 2030.
Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan has cancelled all extracurricular winter activities at all schools in the city.
A majority of EU governments have agreed to push ahead with plans for more corporate tax transparency, unblocking progress on draft rules that have stalled for half a decade.
The local real estate market is heating up.
Central bank Governor Yang Jin-long says interest rates are likely to remain unchanged for the time being, as the local economy is not overheating.
China is gaining unfair advantages from its hybrid and state dominated economy. Reciprocity in trade and economic relations will be required for a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.
By Darryl Lupton
The ECCT is ready to support Taiwan to boost the resilience of the economy as well as tackle social challenges.
Taipei has been named the best leisure destination in Asia for the fourth straight year, in a survey conducted by the American magazine, Global Traveler.
Members of the European Parliament have endorsed the EU's Climate Law, which was agreed informally with member states in April, with 442 votes to 203 and 51 abstentions.
The cabinet has approved a plan to disband the ad-hoc Transitional Justice Commission
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is lifting some coronavirus prevention measures from 1 March
Taiwan is making progress on its 2025 and beyond goals, but will it be enough?
By Tim Ferry
The Mainland Affairs Council says it will reopen Taiwan's borders to Chinese tourists entering from a third location from 1 September.
Taiwan's central bank has raised its key interest rates by 12.5 basis points. The move comes after the bank held its quarterly policymaking meeting.
Over the past few days, major central banks globally have announced massive monetary expansion plans while governments in European countries have announced a slew of fiscal stimulus plans to offset the huge drop in both supply and demand caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
Halted travel and manufacturing slowdown mean a drop in carbon emissions, at least in the short term.
By Duncan Levine
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center says restrictions on flights to and from China and an entry ban on transit passengers will remain in effect after the initial end date later this month
Taiwan's central bank has raised its key interest rates by 12.5 basis points following its quarterly policymaking meeting.
The Fisheries Agency has issued a new draft regulation for a system to better manage derelict fishing gear that causes marine pollution.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is continuing to administer the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
Travellers from Taiwan will be allowed to visit the Netherlands without having to quarantine or present a negative coronavirus test result from tomorrow.
Premier Su Tseng-chang says the cap of inbound traveller will be raised to 200,000 a week from the current 150,000 starting next month.
Online registration for the NT$6,000 cash payments drawn from last year's tax surplus will be open later today.
A study by the Institute of Transportation shows Taoyuan International Airport is falling behind its regional competitors as a major transfer hub in the Asia-Pacific region
Taiwan's central bank has opted to leave its key interest rates unchanged following its quarterly policymaking meeting.
Britain has agreed to a trade deal with New Zealand, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the UK seeks to expand economic links around the world following its exit from the European Union
Taiwan's battery sector has surged on the Covid-fuelled consumer electronics boom. Electric vehicles and energy storage will drive future growth
By Tim Ferry
Leaders across Europe have expressed hope for improved relations with the United States following the inauguration of President Joe Biden on 20 January.
Taiwan faces significant challenges in reaching its 2050 net zero emissions goal, including a lack of clear delivery plans, setting carbon emission prices too low, and the slow pace of preparations by the private sector.
By Jason Wang, Raoul Kubitschek, and James McCatherin
A growing list of European Union nations and Canada have barred flights from the UK and others are considering similar action.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs says high-voltage electricity customers will pay an extra month of higher summer rates from next year.
Ministry of National Defense (MND) Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says the military's dual-track reservist training programme will be continued into next year, but more reservists could be asked to take part in the intensive training programmes.
The United Kingdom and Japan have agreed to an enhanced global strategic partnership, in which they characterize peace across the Taiwan Strait as "indispensable" to a safe and prosperous world.
With one of Europe's highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, the Spanish government is laying the groundwork for a new different Covid-19 playbook
The new minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has said that his top priority on the job is to fully implement the reform plan for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).
The head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan says the European Union's strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific is expected to provide more opportunities for cooperation between the EU and Taiwan.
The Central Epidemic Command Center says Taiwan is in talks with Stanford University to create a protocol for travellers that will help shorten the amount of time they have to stay in quarantine when they go abroad.
The government has now banned entry to all foreign nationals into Taiwan, with some exceptions, as it seeks to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Taiwan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2022 (4Q22) fell by 0.86% compared to the same quarter in 2021, according to a preliminary ("advanced estimate") by the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
GNSS.asia arranged an EU-Taiwan online workshop on GNSS for unmanned traffic management.
Crisis management through force majeure - Legal implications and advice for businesses
By H Henry Chang, Lai Chien-hung and Hong Hui-heng
Cabinet Spokesperson Luo Bing-cheng says over 370 Taiwanese nationals have been conned into working for Cambodia-based fraud rings through fake job advertisements and 333 of them remain trapped by human trafficking criminal operations in the country
A recent survey shows that more than 70% of Taiwanese plan to travel abroad over the next two years.
People other than medical workers now have the option of being vaccinated against Covid-19 using different vaccine brands
The board of Taiwan's central bank decided unanimously to raise the discount rate, the rate on refinancing of secured loans, and the rate on temporary accommodations to 1.375%, 1.75%, and 3.625%, respectively, effective from today. The decision was made at the bank's quarterly policymaking meeting on 17 March
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says a much-anticipated travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau will open on 1 April, becoming the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the government plans to begin administering the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine next Monday at the earliest.
What do early moves by the Biden administration signal for future US-EU trade relations and where does that leave Taiwan?
By Brian Hioe
Dragon Boat weekend traditionally brings a surge in travel, as people head back to their family homes to celebrate, but, in the midst of the widespread domestic coronavirus outbreak, the government had repeatedly urged the public ahead of time not to travel, to reduce the chances for further spreading of the disease.
By Mike Jewell
Residents in Taiwan should soon be allowed to visit member states of the European Union (EU) for any reason after the regional bloc included Taiwan on its safe travel list on Friday.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says business travellers arriving from certain countries will be allowed to apply to shorten the length of their mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entering Taiwan, starting from 22 June.
The ECCT's Technology committee hosted a webinar on the subject "The day after the coronavirus crisis - Multidisciplinary and comparative research on corona exit strategies" with guest speaker Professor Deborah Shmueli from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel.
Ministry of National Defense (MND) officials say discharged female military personnel will soon be allowed to enrol in the dual-track reservist training system.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the government is planning to allow business travellers to enter in March and to shorten the quarantine period for all arrivals
The European Commission has published recommendations by a group of experts on how to transform the EU’s energy-intensive industries so they help reach EU-wide objectives for a circular and climate-neutral economy by 2050. These objectives were put forward in the Commission’s A Clean Planet for All strategy in November 2018.
The ECCT's Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) arranged a lunch event on the topic of Taiwan's carbon trade policies.
Teachers from 330 schools across the island have received 5 days of all-English training in preparation for bilingual education
MOFA says vaccination proof is not always required when travelling to other countries.
Two Taiwan airlines are joining an international travel pass trial programme.
The European Commission is proposing to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a press release on the EU's official website, Europa, the Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result or recovered from Covid-19.
Cheap oil and Covid-19 could slow down EV roll-out and airline upgrades
By Duncan Levine
Taiwan's central bank yesterday raised policy rates by 0.125 percentage points and raised the reserve requirement ratios by 0.25 percentage points
The central bank is leaving key interest rates unchanged following its quarterly policy-making meeting
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says all travellers to Taiwan are now required to have six coronavirus tests in the first 22 days of their arrival
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has lifted its public transport face mask mandate.
Foreigners wait for Taiwan to reopen its doors
By Douglas Habecker
Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua says the government will continue efforts to join a free trade agreement involving Japan and 10 other Asia Pacific countries, in an effort to cushion the impact of the just signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Taiwan's central bank has opted to leave its key interest rates unchanged following its quarterly policy-making meeting.
Lithuania's deputy economics minister says Vilnius is seeking to open a trade office here in Taiwan in September
EU member states, with the support of the European Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture, according to a press release on the EU's Europa website.
The EU has announced a new EU cybersecurity strategy and new rules aimed to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient.
DH Lawrence's picture of holidaying in Venice in the 1920s is remarkably similar to what greets visitors in 2023. The big difference between travelling then and now, though, is that so many more people are doing it.
By Mike Jewell
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says people arriving in Taiwan will faceslightly less restrictive protocols on where they can stay beginning on 1 September
Premier Su Tseng-chang has approved the resignation of transport Minister Lin Chia-lung.
Economist Chen Xin-hui says the island's manufacturing sector should brace itself for a transition period, as businesses continue to navigate uncertainty first triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan has signed a new deal on organic foods with the US and Canada.
China Airlines has cancelled its scheduled 17 April flight to Palau under the bilateral "travel bubble" due to low demand.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has lowered its global Covid-19 pandemic travel warning to level two, effective from tomorrow.
Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung says the first trial tour groups could make the rounds in Taiwan as soon as the end of May.
One of the world's biggest computer and technology trade shows - Computex - has been cancelled amid fears over the continuing spread of Covid-19 in other parts of the world.
While we are living in a VUCA world, the global economy is still growing at a reasonable rate of around 3%, powered by the United States and is now in the longest expansionary period on record (since June 2009), although it is weakening.
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center has issued Level 2 travel alerts for 10 European and Mid-East countries due to the spread of the coronavirus.
The New Taipei City Government says blood tests have found trace amounts of barbiturates in eight students at a private preschool in the Banqiao District.
Mobile apps highlight changing behaviour during the pandemic
By Mike Jewell
Major travel agencies saw revenues plunge even further in May as border shutdowns continued.
The Tourism Bureau says it's been seeing a marked rise in the number of people travelling overseas in the first two months of the year.
The Central Epidemic Command Center has placed Hong Kong back on its list of regions from which business travellers can apply for shorter quarantine periods on their arrival in Taiwan.
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South Korea says it will seek to accelerate talks on quarantine-free travel bubble agreements with several countries, including Taiwan.
Taiwan's total trade value measured in US dollars reached a record high level in 2021, according to a report by the Ministry of Finance (MOF)
The Central Epidemic Command Center has announced that face masks may go from "required" to "recommended" for those on public transport systems and school buses starting on 17 April.
The Transitional Justice Commission has announced the outline of a plan for the transformation of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei
Representatives from Taiwan and the UK have signed an agreement to enhance bilateral trade ties.
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By Mark Caltonhill
President Tsai Ing-wen is calling on government agencies to fast-track disaster relief efforts in areas affected by the recent heavy rains.
The cabinet on Thursday approved a plan for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to set up 10 overseas offices, many in Southeast Asian countries, and launch a host of new degree programmes with the goal of attracting and retaining thousands of international students in Taiwan by 2030.
The Taiwan Visitors Association says the number of people attending this year's Taipei International Travel Fair was about 90% of the level seen in 2019, the year before the coronavirus pandemic upended global travel.
The UK's trade policy minister is in Taiwan to co-host the 25th edition of UK-Taiwan Trade Talks in Taipei.
Travel agencies and hotels taking part in the Taipei International Travel Fair, which ended yesterday, have enjoyed brisk business.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan has released its 2023 White Paper - in which it's warning that Taiwan has "fallen far behind schedule" in its efforts to significantly increase the country's renewable energy supply.
Taiwan's domestic tourism is booming under Covid-19, but is it sustainable for the outlying islands?
By Joanna Lee
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center says shopping time at traditional markets will be limited to one hour in order to avoid overcrowding.
Taiwan's top trade negotiator is calling for the elimination of trade restrictions to speed up the flow of coronavirus vaccines.
Taiwan's central bank has tightened credit controls for real-estate financing in an attempt to reign in speculation in Taiwan’s real estate market.
Taiwan's exports in July expanded 0.4% year-on-year to US$28.20 billion while imports fell 6.8% from a year earlier to US$22.83 billion, according to a News Release from the Ministry of Finance.
Taiwan's seasonally adjusted manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell into negative territory in March after climbing above the neutral 50 level in February for the first time in seven months.
Carbon trading can play a crucial role in the path to net zero but only after errors, fraud and market abuses are addressed
By Paul Shelton
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for cross-strait travel restrictions to ease further - saying such a move will improve air connectivity and facilitate the development of the cross-Taiwan Strait aviation sector.
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics has said it expects Taiwan's investment rate to hit a 27-year high in 2022, as local companies expand production and upgrade technologies.
People-centric concept drives digital transformation at MOXA
Tourists who took the inaugural "travel bubble" flight from Taiwan to Palau have returned to Taiwan.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) says it plans to file a lawsuit demanding compensation from the truck driver and contractor suspected of being responsible for last Friday's deadly train crash, which resulted in the death of 50 people.
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch with the Taitung County Magistrate April Yao (Ching-ling).
US Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill aimed at fast-tracking the transfer of weapon systems to Taiwan and strengthening joint military training to ensure Taiwan can defend itself in case of a Chinese invasion
Taiwanese filmmaking, as is the case with Taiwanese democracy, makes advances, but there are growing pains
By Joanna Lee
The Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) is clearing its list of "high-risk" countries
The cabinet has approved a draft bill that seeks to convert the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) into a state-run corporation
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) says it plans to relax its coronavirus control measures on trains and domestic flights, as the disease continues to slow in Taiwan.
Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) is an insidious but often overlooked area of financial crime, especially for Taiwanese banks that have set up branches overseas.
By Paul Shelton
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is relaxing regulations regarding the timeframe for coronavirus testing of foreign nationals travelling to Taiwan.
Foreign governments and political leaders are sending their condolences after a train crash in eastern Taiwan earlier in the day left at least 50 people dead and scores injured.
Sometimes after I've finished working on a translation, or maybe just in a coffee-and-snack break, my attention will drift to one of the dictionaries open around me.
By Mark Caltonhill
Taiwan's military has unveiled details of its new reservist training regimen, to be launched this Saturday
Taiwan's official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) contracted for a third consecutive month by 1.5 percentage points to 41.3 in May, according to the monthly PMI report from the Chunghua Institution of Economic Research (CIER).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it's planning to rank countries based on their coronavirus risks, as the government seeks to determine how to allow travellers and tourists to return to Taiwan once the island's borders are re-opened.
The Central Epidemic Command Center will be testing all arriving travellers for the coronavirus from today and they will also be required to test negative two more times before the end of their 14-day quarantine period.
The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade says it will be sending a group to Taiwan later this month.
Thailand is welcoming back international visitors from today to its famous southern resort island of Phuket without having to be cooped up in a hotel room for a 14-day quarantine but only if they're vaccinated against the coronavirus.
A survey by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families shows that the recent domestic coronavirus outbreak that has forced people to stay at home is affecting the relationships between parents and their children, with more than half of parents feeling negative emotions.
The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens will be allowed to travel to the EU, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai has announced plans by the Tourism Bureau to offer incentives to attract international tourists.
The European Union says vaccine maker AstraZeneca has agreed to supply nine million additional doses to the 27-nation bloc during the first quarter.
All incoming travellers to Taiwan must now provide a negative coronavirus test. According to the new "Fall-Winter" regulations beginning today, all travellers to Taiwan, including Taiwanese citizens, must include a Covid-19 nucleic acid test before boarding their flight.