Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has confirmed eight new coronavirus infections and another two deaths, which brings the total number of confirmed cases here in Taiwan to 306 and the total death toll to five.
Taiwan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 0.73% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 owing to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing the fundamental demographic issues facing Taiwan will require drastic structural change
By Brian Hioe
New subsidies to be introduced to encourage local travel agencies to organise more charter flights to Taiwan
By Matt Kovac
The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that the government will continue to requisition eight million surgical face masks per day until the end of July, despite the coronavirus situation easing off here in Taiwan.
Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang is encouraging the public to pre-order their government-issued stimulus vouchers and to choose the digital format if possible to avoid long lines when they are made available from tomorrow.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says the mercury in Taipei rose to 38.9 degrees at 13:15 on Monday, 29 June, marking the highest temperature ever recorded in the capital in the month of June since the city's weather station was established in 1896.
Legislative Speaker You Si-kun says an extraordinary legislative session will run until 22 July as scheduled, during which lawmakers will vote on whether to approve President Tsai Ying-wen's nominees for the Control Yuan, among other issues.
A foreign resident's first-hand perspectives on Taiwan's coronavirus pandemic response and healthcare system
By Douglas Habecker
The ECCT hosted a webinar on the topic "Recovering from Covid-19 - Personal experiences and perspectives from Case 50, a coronavirus survivor in Taiwan" with guest speaker Douglas Habecker, Co-Publisher of Compass Magazine.
Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung, says if ongoing trials of a domestically-produced coronavirus vaccine prove successful, mass production could begin by mid-2021.
The jury is still out on how much life will change when the pandemic is finally over but while we wait for a vaccine and effective treatments for Covid-19, businesses and consumers will have to find innovative ways to adapt
By Duncan Levine
Provisions in Taiwan's laws that treat adultery as a criminal offense have been ruled unconstitutional and declared invalid effective immediately, according to an announcement by Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hsu Tzong-li today.
The decennial national population and household census will begin in November, with 16,000 census workers set to visit more than 1.2 million households around Taiwan.
Researchers at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) have developed a rapid Covid-19 test.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that it is resuming regular passenger flights to Taiwan, starting on 1 September.
Taiwan's current renewable energy targets and roll-out plans are probably underestimating future demand
Interview with James Liu, General Manager, Industrial Services & Cybersecurity, TÜV Rheinland Taiwan Ltd.
The annual report, produced by Michael Page in association with the ECCT, was released at a Premium Event lunch. A summary of the report’s highlights was presented at the lunch by the guest speakers. After the lunch the report was released to the media at a press conference.
Cybersecurity has been an important topic in Taiwan recently, one that touches several areas of the technology business. A recent case concerns the Covid-19 pandemic when the central government prohibited all government agencies from using a popular video conferencing service based on cybersecurity concerns.
By John Eastwood, Wendy Chu, Nathan Snyder, and David Rosenthal
Dynamic and constantly evolving
By Mike Jewell
The Ministry of Economic Affairs says the island's food and beverage industry had its worst sales month in April since November of 2014, as more consumers opted to stay at home and eat due to concerns about the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Labor set this year's Equal Pay Day on 21 February, two days earlier than last year, based on estimates that women needed to work that far into the year to earn the same amount that men did last year.
Taiwan's industrial production index increased 3.51% in April 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. According to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), an annual comparison by main industrial division showed that manufacturing increased 4.15%, mining & quarrying increased 21.89%, electricity & gas supply decreased 5.35% and water supply decreased 0.19%.
The Ministry of Education says Chinese students enrolled in tertiary-level schools here in Taiwan are now allowed to enter the country. According to the ministry, the new regulation will benefit some 5,000 students from China.
In the absence of rules in the Internet age, artists make their own
With relaxed social distancing laws, Taiwan's film industry seems on track for recovery, but filmmakers and festival organisers are not breathing sighs of relief just yet.
By Joanna Lee
Taiwan's official unemployment rate reached 4% in July, according to the monthly Manpower Survey Results report by the Directorate General of Budget Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS).
As you can read in our latest Feature article, retail purchases have not registered much change in total spending during the pandemic, but the shift in product demand has changed the profile of channel use quite significantly.
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
The cabinet says it has now allocated the bulk of the government's special NT$150 billion coronavirus relief and revitalization budget.
Restaurants continue to suffer under the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Fisheries Agency has issued a new draft regulation for a system to better manage derelict fishing gear that causes marine pollution.
Taiwan's wholesale, retail and food services sales all rose in August compared with the same month in 2019.
Taiwan's industrial production index increased 10.73% in September 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.
Compared with the same month in 2019, sales of wholesale trade in September 2020 increased 8.2% to NT$952.1 billion while retail sales in September 2020 increased 2.9% year-on-year to NT$320.6 billion.
Listen in to a discussion and analysis of the important stories that affected Taiwan over the past seven days.
Foreign nationals in Taiwan are getting a break on their visas.
Wholesale, retail and food services sales all fell in May compared to the same month in 2019.
President Tsai Ing-wen has apologized for the handling of the coronavirus cluster infection on board a navy supply ship, saying "as commander-in-chief, she holds ultimate responsibility for the military."
Premier Su Tseng-chang says some 900,000 people will have received coronavirus relief payments from the government by the end of this week.
Unlike their confrontational counterparts in Europe, Taiwan's chapter of the Extinction Rebellion takes a creative approach to raising environmental awareness
The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 3.99% in August.
An economic think tank is getting more optimistic about the local economy.
Taiwanese views of US president Donald Trump and his Democratic Party challenger, Joe Biden, are nuanced and shaped by the complex interplay of relations involving the US, China and Taiwan.
By Brian Hioe
Taiwan's unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to 4.07% in May, compared with the same month in 2019.
Lawmakers have voted to increase funding for a coronavirus response, relief and revitalization bill from NT$60 billion to NT$210 billion.
Religious groups in Taiwan strive to maintain services amid the coronavirus pandemic
By Mark Caltonhill
Taiwan's export orders in April 2020 increased 2.3% to US$38.53 billion from the same month in 2019, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, although, when measured in New Taiwan dollars, given the local currency's appreciation, the report said export orders were approximately NT$1,159.2 billion, which was down 0.3% year-on-year.
Based on an "advance estimate" by Taiwan's Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS), Taiwan's real GDP rose by 2.73% in 2019 year on year (yoy), driven by strong activity in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Taiwan continues to rise, although at a scale and pace much slower than in China. Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has reported two more confirmed coronavirus cases in Taiwan, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 24, with one death since the outbreak began.
Taiwan has seen the rise and fall of several third parties over the past 30 years but creating a true Third Force to challenge the two major parties continues to prove extremely challenging
Air Liquide has announced plans to invest close to €200 million euros to build production capacities in Taiwan's Tainan and Hsinchu science parks.
Premier Su Tseng-chang has waded in the disputes over influenza vaccinations, saying infants and those aged beyond 65 should get the shot first.
The ongoing drought in the south is likely to affect agricultural irrigation.
Approved foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of 2020 has surpassed US$6 billion, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Investment Commission.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated for a second four-year presidential term today together with Vice President Lai Ching-de. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that 92 foreign dignitaries from 41 countries congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration via pre-recorded video messages.
Taiwan's export orders in July rose 6.9% compared with the same month in 2019 when measured in NT dollars.
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch with Dr Chen Chien-jen, Former vice president and currently Distinguished Professor at Academia Sinica.
Deputy Defence Minister Chang Che-ping has defended the navy's decision to carry out its "Fleet of Friendship" mission, despite 24 naval personnel having now tested positive for the coronavirus following their return to 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.
Taiwan-based contract semiconductor manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC) has declined to say whether it has stopped accepting purchase orders from Huawei.
The nation's on-going ban on international visitors continues to impact guest residences to different degrees
By Douglas Habecker
Education Minister Pan Wen-chung says more than 2,000 foreign students from 11 countries and areas, who are graduating this year, will be allowed to return to Taiwan soon.
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 Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) has cut its forecast for Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) for 2020 to 1.03% to account for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health, innovation and convenience are the key themes for success
By Mike Jewell
The Judicial Yuan has started seminars in preparation for a new jury system that involves ordinary citizens.
Nearly 90-percent of German businesses in Taiwan say they are pleased with the island's anti-coronavirus efforts.
Bosch today inaugurated its new Asia Pacific eBike System headquarters office in Taichung, according to an official Bosch press release.
Taiwan's Ocean Affairs Council has ambitious plans and resources to stop pollution and clean up Taiwan's surrounding oceans
By Duncan Levine
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is keeping the basic electricity rate at the current price of NT$2.6253 per kilowatt-hour.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that foreigners in Taiwan will be allowed to remain in the country for another 30 days.
Taiwan's cabinet has passed a proposed amendment to the Civil Code to lower the legal age of majority to 18 from 20.
Taiwan has signed a new deal on organic foods with the US and Canada.
Taiwan's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS) has cut its official 2020 forecast for Taiwan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 0.11 percentage points to 1.56%, following lower than expected growth in the first half of 2020.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its forecast for Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) for 2020, on the grounds that Taiwan is performing better than most other countries at dealing with the health and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Taiwan government's tax revenues have continued to rise despite the hit to the economy from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Yang Ming-chou, a Kaohsiung City Government counsellor, took the helm today as the acting mayor of the city to fill the void left by Han Kuo-yu, who was recalled in a vote last week.
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.
Archaeologists' contributions to the ongoing debate
By Mark Caltonhill
Taiwan has made respectable improvements in its battle against corruption, rising from a ranking of 36 out of 177 in the 2013 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index to 28 in 2019.
The successful recall of Han Kuo-yu illustrates a robust democratic system and an engaged populous but there are risks of future misuse of the recall mechanism and an over-concentration of political power
By Duncan Levine
The Taiwan government’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) has officially cut its forecast for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 to 2.37% in 2020, a downgrade from its earlier forecast of 2.72% made in November 2019, on fears that the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) will have an impact on both the domestic and international economy.
The ECCT hosted the 2020 ECCT EU-Taiwan telecom forum for the sixth time since 2009 with the theme of “5G - Opportunities and challenges in the new decade”.
Taiwan's domestic carriers have been bleeding cash and reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
Major travel agencies saw revenues plunge even further in May as border shutdowns continued.
The government is set to issue agriculture and culture stimulus vouchers later this month.
Far EasTone has become the island's second telecom operator to receive a fifth generation mobile telecommunications (5G) license.
Taiwan's exports in the month of April shrank 1.3% year-on-year to US$25.24 billion, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
As the number of people infected by the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to rise all across the globe, employers are facing a number of challenges. This article takes a look at the legal obligations and offers some advice to employers.
President Tsai Ing-wen has invited World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan.
Taiwan's convenience store operators continue to innovate and increase the number and range of products and services to their customers
By Mike Jewell
Taiwan's consumer prices fell for the eighth straight month in September compared to the same month in 2019.
Clarins Taiwan prepared more than 1,100 caring sets for Taiwan's heroic healthcare professionals, showing our gratitude and also demonstrating positive energy during the unprecedented time.
Ørsted and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have signed a corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA).
Taiwan's government will soon be offering preferential short-term loans to individuals who have suffered losses of income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan's cabinet has banned government agencies from using the popular video-conferencing software Zoom.
Taiwanese lawmakers have established a constitutional reform committee.
A realistic understanding of the Taiwanese healthcare system's positives and negatives remains essential for international patients
By Douglas Habecker
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has lifted some of its restrictions on large gatherings, social distancing and the need for face masks, after reporting no new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases for 56 consecutive days.
Taiwan's Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.76% in June 2020, compared with the same month in 2019.
Taiwan's total exports contracted 3.8% year on year in June to US$27.13 billion compared to the same month in 2019 while total imports fell 8.6% from a year earlier to US$22.29 billion.
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.
The Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) is warning that large numbers of Taiwanese businesses in China are facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan's Minister of Interior Hsu Kuo-yung says the government will begin issuing new electronic I-D cards nationally in the middle of next year following trial runs in certain locations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it will start a third round of mask donations soon, giving more than seven million surgical face masks to countries to help with their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government says it will provide a one-time grant of NT$10,000 to people not enrolled in social insurance plans as well as to farmers and fishermen who have not qualified for other forms of financial aid.
Taiwan has been ranked the second freest country in Asia with a total score of 93 points in the latest edition of the "Freedom in the World" report by the US-based NGO, Freedom House. That ranking was the same as that of last year.
Taiwanese filmmaking, as is the case with Taiwanese democracy, makes advances, but there are growing pains
By Joanna Lee
New Taipei City will start to gradually re-open shuttered public venues today.
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.
While the players and technology have evolved and the scale of data has increased exponentially, valuable insights still require strategic thinking by humans
By Mike Jewell
A new passport design has been revealed, with the reactions to the design split along party lines.
A rollercoaster of Covid-19 challenges, opportunities keeps local companies coasting
By Douglas Habecker
Due to a 0.6% decrease in energy consumption (including electricity consumption) in 2019 compared to 2018 and a 4.5% decrease in the electricity emission coefficient, Taiwan's CO2 emissions from fuel combustion fell 3.2% to 258.72 million metric tons in 2019.
Taiwan's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose by 1.4 points to 52.7 in February from the month before, according to the monthly survey conducted by the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER).
Carrefour, the France-based supermarket and hypermarket chain, has announced that it will acquire Wellcome Taiwan Co. Ltd, which operates supermarket chains Wellcome and Jasons Market Place in Taiwan.
Visiting Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil has invited his Taiwanese counterpart to visit the Czech Parliament.
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is planning a referendum concerning the government's plan to open to more US meat imports, which was announced earlier in the week.
Healthcare and cosmetic chains will begin selling unrationed surgical masks this week. Prices will range from between NT$5-15.
As Taiwan closes its borders to foreign nationals during the current global coronavirus outbreak, those hoping to put roots down in Taiwan have their plans upended, and face uncertain futures
By Joanna Lee
Unlike the US and Europe, which posted sharp contractions, Taiwan's economy managed to expand by 1.54% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020.
Taiwan's manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell 2.8 points month-on-month to 44.8 in May, owing to the impact from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER).
How to understand reactions to Black Lives Matters in Taiwan
By Brian Hioe