Pan-Green parties have had more success in appealing to the youth in the past two elections but things are not as clear cut this time around
By Brian Hioe
International experts are reviewing the government's implementation of a United Nations convention against corruption for four days in Taipei
Recorded at the National Taiwan University's GIS Convention Center, this special show features regular ICRT commentator Ross Feingold, Albert Chiu, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Taichung's Donghai University and National Taiwan University Professor of Political Science Huang Min-hua -- who discuss the ramifications for Taiwan be it a Donald Trump re-election or a Joe Biden White House for the next four years.
Taiwan has signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to become a founding donor of a newly launched fund that aims to promote gender equality.
With decisive wins in Taiwan's municipal elections, the KMT has demonstrated its continued power at the local level. However, a deeper analysis reveals a more nuanced picture and does not imply rising support at the national level.
By Brian Hioe
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has now added Malawi, Mozambique, Egypt, and Nigeria to its list of high-risk coronavirus countries amid concerns overa highly mutated omicron coronavirus variant
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch with Dr Wu Tsung-tsong, Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
According to an official press release on the website of the European Council, the EU is taking swift action to make available money to help tackle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) says people at high risk of contracting lung cancer will be eligible to receive a NT$4,000 subsidy every two years from 1 July onwards as part of efforts to curb the disease
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.
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.
Social media giant Meta, which owns Facebook, has taken a step against Chinese disinformation campaigns.
Female filmmakers say women still pit motherhood and career against each other
By Joanna Lee
Taiwan Power Company's annual summer electricity pricing scheme will take effect this Thursday and remain in place until 30 September.
Taiwan is in the process of formulating a strategy and policies to make hydrogen part of its path to net zero emissions by 2050.
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 visiting speaker of the Czech parliament's lower house has affirmed her country's ties with Taiwan in a speech at the Legislative Yuan - saying her country "will be with" Taiwan.
The 2023 Smart City & Expo is underway in Taipei and Kaohsiung.
The newly opened Taichung metropolitan rail (MRT) line has attracted hundreds of thousands of riders over its first few days of operation.
National Sun Yat-sen University, located in Kaohsiung city, has become the base for cultivating bilingual education teachers.
The Group of Seven (G7) country leaders have agreed to spend US$4.5 billion on addressing food security issues around the globe exacerbated by rising grain and food costs following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The European parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, on stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says the latest batch of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are now being distributed.
The ECCT's Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) invited Ethan Tu, one of Taiwan's early tech pioneers, to give a speech at a lunch to coincide with its mid-year meeting.
Local drug maker Adimmune has started the first phase of human trials for its experimental coronavirus vaccine.
Taiwan's unemployment rate for March stood at 3.56%.
The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) 2024 presidential candidate, Lai Ching-te is overseeing the opening of 'unofficial' campaign offices to help the party garner support ahead of next January's election.
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) The Environmental Protection Administration says all beverage chain stores will be required to offer greater discounts to customers who bring their own cups and provide "reusable cup" loan services
Taiwan's digital communications and energy systems are vulnerable to both natural and man-made disruptions. Is enough being done to prepare for disasters?
By Paul Shelton
Deputy Finance Minister Frank Ruan says the government is closely monitoring the stock exchange and the National Stabilization Fund could enter the market if there's a sudden large decline in share prices.
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.
The Central Election Commission has officially announced this year's referendums.
Taiwan's official unemployment rate declined by 0.04 percentage points month-on-month to 3.46% in May, according to a news release by the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
Premier Chen Chien-jen says the cabinet plans to allocate an additional NT$8 billion for the island's fire services.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that the island-wide level 3 alert will be extended until 14 June, citing the severity of domestic transmission rates.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Hai Long Offshore Wind (Hai Long) have announced that the new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine is intended to be used in its 300MW Hai Long 2 project in Taiwan. According to a press release issued today, the deployment of the new turbine for the rest of the 1,044 MW Hai Long pipeline is also being considered.
The UN's sustainable development goals are even more relevant to business sustainability today in the face of a global pandemic and devastating climate change
By Duncan Levine
Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan has cancelled all extracurricular winter activities at all schools in the city.
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.
The High Court has rejected an appeal by a son of late Evergreen Group founder Chang Yung-fa, who was challenging a ruling that his father left his entire estate to another son, StarLux Airlines Chairman Chang Kuo-wei.
The National Federation of Teachers Unions is urging the government to scrap what it's describing as its "misguided" policy to turn Taiwan into a "bilingual nation" by the year 2030.
Transport minister Wang Kwo-tsai says the number of international visitors to Taiwan has rebounded post-coronavirus, with over 1.5 million entering the country this year through 24 April.
President Tsai Ing-wen has launched a government short code SMS platform as part of efforts to combat fraud.
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch featuring Dr Shieu Fuh-Sheng, Minister of the Ministry of Environment (MOENV).
The ECCT launched its 2023 Position Papers at a Premium Event lunch, which was attended by around 90 members and guests.
The ECCT launched its 2022 Position Papers at a Premium Event lunch, which was attended by 90 members and guests
The Taoyuan Metro is set to cut service, due to declining ridership
Taiwan's government is continuing to step up measures to tackle COVID-19.
In this exclusive interview, Jakub Janda, Director of EVC, the first European thinktank to establish an office in Taiwan, talks about how increasing bilateral exchanges between research institutes in Europe and Taiwan will provide mutual benefits for both sides
By Duncan Levine
The Taiwan Railway Labor Union says its members won't be pushing for strike action on public holidays later this year due to progress in negotiations with the Taiwan Railways Administration on pay issues
Keelung Mayor Hsieh Kuo-liang says he plans to file an administrative appeal against a cabinet decision to revoke approval of a local referendum on building a liquefied natural gas terminal in the city.
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.
Taiwan's jobless rate remained relatively stable in February despite the growing battle with the novel coronavirus disease during the month.
The European Commission has announced a new aid package worth €232 to support global efforts to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
President Tsai Ing-wen attended her final remembrance service as Taiwan's head of State for those killed on Kinmen during the 1958 Second Taiwan Straits Crisis.
The government says the island's unemployment rate fell from a month earlier in July as the local job market has now stabilised.
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).
According to the statistics reported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Investment Commission, 562 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total value of US$2.747121 billion were approved from January to March 2022
The cabinet says it has now allocated the bulk of the government's special NT$150 billion coronavirus relief and revitalization budget.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs has unveiled a draft energy conservation plan which aims to reduce electricity use in Taiwan by 35.13-billion kilowatt-hours by 2030.
The ECCT has released its 2024 Position Papers.
Taiwan's official unemployment rate declined by 0.21 percentage points in October to 3.43% compared to the same month in 2022.
Taiwan's state-run Taipower says that from 1 June, electric car owners will be charged a flat-month rate of NT$262.5 for household electricity
The ECCT held its annual Premium Event lunch with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and senior officials from the Taipei City Government (TCG), marking the 23rd year since the ECCT held its first round table lunch with the TCG.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) today announced that the current coronavirus alert level (Level 3) will be extended for an additional two weeks until 12 July.
Taiwan's unemployment rate declined by 0.02 percentage points month-on-month and 0.11 percentage points year-on-year to 3.50% in January while the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.60%.
Taiwan's unemployment rate rose by 0.75 percentage points to 3.78% in July compared to the same month in 2021
The Mainland Affairs Council is dismissing Beijing's latest proposals for peaceful reunification - saying Taiwan will never allow China to "meddle" in its future.
The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 3.99% in August.
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.
Taiwan's jobless rate rose slightly last month.
Taiwan's unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to 4.07% in May, compared with the same month in 2019.
The digital Salary Survey 2023 was released by Robert Walters in cooperation with the ECCT at a Premium Event lunch.
Taiwan's unemployment rate in November declined to 3.66% or 3.71% on a seasonally adjusted basis
A delegation of ECCT board directors took a two-day trip to Pingtung County
Lawmakers have voted to increase funding for a coronavirus response, relief and revitalization bill from NT$60 billion to NT$210 billion.
The cabinet has approved draft amendments to the Nationality Act to ease residency requirements for foreign professionals applying for naturalisation.
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
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says more vaccine mixing will be allowed in the next round of vaccinations.
Over 200 ECCT members teamed up representatives of the Kaohsiung City Government and the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) to clean up a stretch of beach in Kaohsiung.
Premier Su Tseng-chang says the government has finalised a plan to build an MRT line in Keelung, that connects the northern city with New Taipei and Taipei
Overseas investment in Taiwan in the first eight months of this year amounted to US$7.5 billion, a 27% decrease compared to the previous year.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs says high-voltage electricity customers will pay an extra month of higher summer rates from next year.
The government says it plans to inject NT$411 billion as part of its latest climate change adaptation plan over four years.
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.
Negotiators have reached an historic deal at a UN biodiversity conference that would represent the most significant effort to date to protect the world's lands and oceans, and provide critical financing to save biodiversity in the developing world.
The Kaohsiung Prosecutors' Office has indicted the Taiwanese captain and first mate of a fishing vessel and 7 others on charges of human trafficking, coercion and forgery
Food delivery workers to unionise
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.
By H Henry Chang
Taiwan's official unemployment rate declined by 0.09 percentage points to 3.52% in December, down by 0.12 percentage points from the same month in 2021.
ECCT directors provide some insights on the business and economic trends to watch in the year ahead while Taiwan-based political commentators give their views on the geopolitical outlook for Taiwan
By Duncan Levine
GNSS.asia arranged an EU-Taiwan online workshop on GNSS for unmanned traffic management.
The National Health Insurance Administration says the National Health Insurance rate will remain unchanged next year.
Deputy Labor Minister Lee Chun-yi is warning that continued government subsidies are currently the "only way" to stabilize the Labor Insurance Fund.
Germany and France have jointly proposed a €500 billion recovery fund to be distributed to EU countries worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ministry of National Defense (MND) officials say discharged female military personnel will soon be allowed to enrol in the dual-track reservist training system.
TaiwanPlus has released a new documentary series showcasing ten of Taiwan's top indie music bands and singers
The ECCT's Better Living Committee hosted a lunch with Ambassador Tom TC Chou, Commissioner of Mayor's office for External Affairs, under the Taipei City Government on the topic of Taipei's 2022 challenges & opportunities
Teachers from 330 schools across the island have received 5 days of all-English training in preparation for bilingual education
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has formally announced that New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih and Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen will be seeking re-election in November's local elections
The Ministry of Environment (MOENV) has introduced new regulations to guide companies and government entities on carbon credits and emissions.
The years 2000 and 2004 proved pivotal in the shaping of Taiwan’s democratic landscape. Among the many players that took the stage, one of the most enigmatic and consequential was James Soong, a man with a storied life, but one that left many unanswered questions.
By Jerome F Keating
Lawmakers have passed an amendment to the Labor Union Act that imposes harsher penalties on employers who refuse to allow workers to join a union or participate in union related activities.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has announced subsidies for electric long-haul buses.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare's National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) has issued a notice on adjustments to co-payments for medical services provided under the national health insurance system
Onshore wind energy has received little attention in recent years but with no end in sight to the chronic shortage of green energy capacity, companies are finally realising that it is by far the cheapest, most practical and technically feasible renewable energy option available today
By Duncan Levine
Taiwan's tourism sector says demand for US-bound flights is soaring and pushing up ticket prices to most destinations in North America.
Households with a combined annual income below NT$1.2 million and an original home loan of no more than NT$8.5 million are now eligible for a NT$30,000 mortgage subsidy.
A search and rescue team deployed by Taiwan to earthquake-struck Turkey was welcomed back to Pingtung last night.
The European Union's highest court has ruled that the 27-nation bloc can link financial backing for member states to respect for rule of law, and that a challenge by Hungary and Poland should be dismissed
The central bank is leaving key interest rates unchanged following its quarterly policy-making meeting
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has officially inaugurated the company’s first offshore nacelle assembly facility outside of Europe
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).
Taichung City's Green Line, the city's first metro rail (MRT) route, has finally become operational after years of delay.
The Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital generated the highest overall profit among healthcare facilities last year.
Taiwan's central bank has opted to leave its key interest rates unchanged following its quarterly policy-making meeting.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says people arriving in Taiwan who wish to spend their quarantine and "self-initiated epidemic prevention" periods at different locations will be permitted to switch locations once
Bosch today inaugurated its new Asia Pacific eBike System headquarters office in Taichung, according to an official Bosch press release.
Deputy Economics Minister CC Chen says Taiwan's investments in the countries under the "New Southbound Policy" have surpassed investments in China in the first half of this year.
The job market in Taiwan is being driven by technology as the pace of digital transformation is accelerated across sectors in the wake of the pandemic, according to the first-ever fully digital Salary Survey 2021 by Robert Walters, co-launched together with the ECCT at a Premium Event lunch.
Taiwan's Academia Sinica has announced licensing opportunities for rapid screening of the Covid-19 virus antigen.
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has formally announced the official minimum wage for 2023. The move will increase the minimum monthly wage by 4.55% to NT$26,400 (up from NT$25,250 this year) and the minimum hourly wage by 4.76% to NT$176, starting on 1 January 2023.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is keeping the basic electricity rate at the current price of NT$2.6253 per kilowatt-hour.
Amendments on ocean pollution have passed a third reading at the Legislative Yuan.
Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) says its annual summer electricity pricing scheme will begin on 1 June and remain in place until 30 September.
Despite its limitations, the European Union has been an outstanding success story and delivered exceptional value to its citizens and the world
By Duncan Levine
Just a week after announcing an emergency 50 basis point rate cut, the US Federal Reserve cut rates today by a further full percentage point to a range of 0-0.25%.
The candidate of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung by a large margin, returning control of the city to the DPP, which it lost to the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in November 2018.
The ECCT arranged a Special Lunch with the CEO and senior executives of TaiwanPlus, Taiwan's first independent English-language video news and entertainment platform for an international audience
The Taipei City government has launched a public electric motorcycle share scheme, offering discounted rental rates to holders of MRT monthly passes.
Economics minister Wang Mei-hua says the failure of US-based Silicon Valley Bank is unlikely to seriously affect Taiwan.
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) minister Wu Zheng-zhong has announced plans by the government to develop a domestic version of ChatGPT.
The debate around the need for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) often focuses on the staggering costs involved with such schemes, but as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics make an ever greater impact on labour markets we may have no alternative.
By Lee Faulkner
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has revealed more details about mask donations to Europe.
Two low-earth orbit satellites developed Hon Hai have been successfully launched into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the Central Epidemic Command Center will implement a six-point plan to curb the recent rise in domestic coronavirus cases.
The ECCT, in conjunction with ICRT, hosted a lunch on the topic "Dealing with the coronavirus outbreak - Precautions and contingencies for business".
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.
Results from the latest auction were disappointing and interim renewable energy targets will not be met but sensible policy adjustments could revive momentum.
By Jason Wang, Raoul Kubitschek and James McCatherin
The ECCT and CPC Corporation released the "Net Zero by 2050 Best Practices Report" (歐洲商會-台灣中油 2050淨零報告書) at a Premium Event lunch.
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.
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 National Immigration Agency says Taiwan and Germany have launched a reciprocal automated customs clearance programme.
The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of a net domestic reduction of at least 55% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
In late August, it was announced that Taiwan had for the second quarter of 2023, registered its 52nd consecutive quarter of net fund outflows in its financial accounts. Is this a good thing or grounds for concern?
By Paul Shelton
The ECCT's 2021 Position Papers were officially released at a Premium Event lunch.
Mobile apps highlight changing behaviour during the pandemic
By Mike Jewell
Cultured meat has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of meat compared to animal farming, but the lack of a regulatory framework and economies of scale mean that it may take some time before it becomes commercially viable.
By Duncan Levine
To jab or not to jab, that is the question
By Mike Jewell
Major travel agencies saw revenues plunge even further in May as border shutdowns continued.
Far EasTone has become the island's second telecom operator to receive a fifth generation mobile telecommunications (5G) license.
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.
Is Taiwan doing enough to ensure that local lawyers are serving as gatekeepers rather than crime enablers?
By Paul Shelton
The ECCT arranged a Premium Event lunch with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥)
Global stock markets yesterday added to losses accumulated over the past two weeks following a massive drop in global oil prices. The dramatic drops were attributed to growing fears over the impact on global oil market demand and the overall economy from the coronavirus.
Italian authorities have extended emergency measures to cover the entire country in an attempt to stop the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
The Central Epidemic Command Center says it will soon be administering the 1.24 million shots of AstraZeneca vaccine received last week from Japan.
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Lin Ching-yi emerged as the winner of elections held in Taichung's second district yesterday
The ECCT's Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Enhancement committees jointly hosted a lunch on the topic "Sustainability of Taiwan's national health insurance system - challenges and opportunities" featuring guest speaker Dr Donald TF Shang, Director-General of the Department of Social Insurance, under the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW).
The Transitional Justice Commission has announced the outline of a plan for the transformation of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei
More than 130 countries have signed up to a ground-breaking global agreement on corporate tax reform aimed at eliminating tax havens while bringing in US$150 billion more a year from multinational corporations (MNCs)
TaiwanPlus has launched a new video podcast hosted by Taiwan's Digital Minister, Audrey Tang
A new online system for scheduling coronavirus vaccine appointments has begun accepting registrations from eligible recipients nationwide.
Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands have announced Tuesday their plan to provide Ukraine with at least 100 refurbished Leopard 1 battle tanks in the coming months.
The DPP legislative caucus has proposed to amend the Election and Recall Act in an effort to distance itself from allegations of corruption and underworld politics.
People will soon be able to get the locally-produced coronavirus vaccine.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) made a compelling case for investing in his city to European investors at the EC CT's first Premium Event lunch with the mayor since he took office last year.
The Ministry of Labour has announced an official minimum wage hike.
Electric bus maker Master Transportation has broken ground on a 20-hectare manufacturing complex in Changhua County.
Taiwan's official Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.89% year-on-year in June.
Taiwan's total exports surged by 35.1% year-on-year to reach US$36.65 billion in June while total imports rose by 42.3% from a year earlier to US$31.51 billion.
President Tsai Ing-wen has overseen the opening of a carbon exchange at the Kaohsiung Software Park. The exchange is part of the government's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) says China deployed 66 warplanes and 14 warships into areas around Taiwan on Sunday
Taiwan has implemented regulations designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing through the real estate, precious metals and jewellery markets but enforcement will be difficult
By Paul Shelton
European Council President Charles Michel is accusing Russia of using food supplies as "a stealth missile against developing countries" and blaming the Kremlin for the looming global food crisis
Taiwan's official Consumer Price Index (CPI) in June 2022 increased 3.59% compared with the same month of 2021
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.
The Tainan-headquartered World Vegetable Center has unveiled a programme aimed at sharing the vegetable germplasm it keeps with the countries of origin in an effort to increase crop diversity in Southeast Asia.
The ECCT arranged a Premium Event lunch to launch a report titled "Taiwan Digital Health - Considerations for fostering the best ecosystem", sponsored by Sanofi and presented in association with the ECCT with the support of La French Tech Taiwan
While the first draft of rules for Round 3.2 of Taiwan's offshore wind auction brings much anticipated flexibility there is still a lot of room for improvement. Localisation items have been reduced but will factor even stronger in the awards for 2028 and 2029 – that can be up to 900MW for a single project.
By Raoul Kubitschek, Jason Wang and James McCatherin
DEKRA provides 5G testing and certification value-added solutions to the ICT supply chain
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu was successfully recalled today in a vote held today.
Taiwan's Ministry of Justice minister Tsai Ching-hsiang has held talks in Berlin with his German counterpart, Marco Buschmann. It's the first time that justice ministers from the two countries have ever met.
Renewable energy targets are being missed and climate action policy reversals in response to the war in Ukraine could have lasting implications
By Duncan Levine
Health minister Chen Shih-Chung says Taiwan is considering lifting pre-flight PCR Covid-19 testing requirements for arrivals from low-risk countries
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch with the Taitung County Magistrate April Yao (Ching-ling).
The ECCT's 2020 Position Papers were officially released at a Premium Event lunch.
A copy of the annual publication was officially handed over by ECCT Chairman Giuseppe Izzo to the Taiwan government, represented by Chen Mei-ling, Minister of the National Development Council (NDC). The event was also attended by around 100 guests, including board directors, committee chairpersons, European trade office representatives and other ECCT members. A summary of the main theme and overview were presented at the event by the chairman. Following the lunch, the papers were released to the media at a press conference, which was attended by around 30 journalists from print, television and online media groups.
The Fair Trade Commission has approved a deal for the Taiwanese conglomerate Uni-President Group to take full ownership of hypermarket operator Carrefour Taiwan with several conditions attached.
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.
The first batch of allocated projects for Taiwan's offshore wind Round 3.1 concluded at the end of June 2023 with two project owners having signalled that they signed administrative contracts by the deadline and three further project owners obtaining an extension of two months, until the end of August to find a solution to sign off. This will mean that the capacity of the first projects to be connected to the grid by 2026/27 will fall somewhere between 995MW and 2,335MW, short of the 3,000MW that had been awarded at the end of last year. Taiwan's shortage of renewables and the challenge of achieving its short and midterm net zero targets will thus continue. A timely Round 3.2 will offer a new opportunity to catch up by 2028/29 but there is still work to do to attract bidders.
By Jason Wang and Raoul Kubitschek
Taiwan's official Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for June 2023 came in at 48.3, the fourth consecutive month in negative territory (below 50) but up seven percentage points from the previous month.
Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Zhuang Ren-xiang says Taiwan and other non-United Nations member countries will be allotted 1.3 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the first round of COVAX vaccine distribution.
Once again the ECCT was the first to kick off the festive season with its annual Christmas Lunch party. Over 100 ECCT members, colleagues, friends and families gathered for a lively celebration
A few encouraging signs exist for people wanting to further their careers. Many Taiwanese say they want to work overseas, as they believe bigger opportunities are available in other countries.More than 60% of Taiwanese said they are inclined to work overseas in 2020 as the country continues to face a serious brain drain due to its comparatively lower salary levels, recruitment experts said.
The government-funded English-language public media service platform TaiwanPlus has launched a new domestic TV channel that will provide news and other programmes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) is clearing its list of "high-risk" countries
Taiwan ranks the second freest country in Asia in the annual Freedom in the World report.
Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) Minister Hsu Ming-chun says the fifth Taiwan-European Union Labour Consultation focused on Taiwan's approach to its labour shortage and its employment of migrant caregivers. The talks took place in Brussels.
Taiwan's official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for June rose slightly from a month earlier by 0.1 points to 53.6. According to a news release from the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), it was the 24th consecutive month that the PMI remained above the neutral level, indicating growth ahead
A rollercoaster of Covid-19 challenges, opportunities keeps local companies coasting
By Douglas Habecker
The Supreme Prosecutors Office says an investigation has been launched into allegations of interference and information leaks involving Taiwan's indigenous submarine programme.
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
The ECCT hosted a Premium Event lunch with Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan and senior Taoyuan City Government officials.
Industry welcomes added capacity and local flexibility made possible under Taiwan's third round auction rules, but warns of lingering issues
By Tim Ferry
The Ministry of Labour reported that a group of labour funds managed by the Bureau of Labour Funds had suffered massive losses of more than NT$470 billion (US$15.67 billion) as of the end of March, when equity markets at home and abroad plunged amid an escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taiwan's military has unveiled details of its new reservist training regimen, to be launched this Saturday
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has created a relief account for donations for Ukrainian refugees
Wang Kwo-tsai, minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), says his office will be introducing a NT$5.5 billion stimulus programme for the travel industry on 15 July
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.
Taiwan's official seasonally adjusted Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remained in expansionary territory at 64 in June for the eighth consecutive month, although the rate of expansion has slowed for two consecutive months.
Car sales in Taiwan for June 2021 plunged to a 12 year-low due to the pandemic but are higher than last year for the first six months of 2021.
Taiwan's official purchasing managers' index (PMI) came in at 47.2 in June, up 2.4 points from 44.8 in May, indicating an easing of the contraction in manufacturing activity, although still below the neutral level of 50, which would have indicated an expansion ahead.
The ECCT held its 2022 Annual General Meeting where members voted in new boards of directors and supervisors for 2023 and annual reports were delivered by 2022 ECCT Chairman H Henry Chang and Executive Supervisor Mike Jewell.
The ECCT participated in the launch of the "2023 Taiwan Investing in Health Report" that was commissioned to PwC by the International Research-Based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (IRPMA).
The government has ambitious goals to replace ageing buildings with newer, greener versions but urban regeneration comes with a cost, not only in terms of the physical loss of existing buildings but also the psychological cost to the local community.
By Paul Shelton
Taiwan's labour funds had made good gains totalling NT$322 billion as of the end of July this year, putting the overall rate of return at 7%
The ECCT's Tax committee arranged a lunch on the topic "Impacts of Upgraded Consolidated Land and Building Tax Regime 2.0" featuring speakers Lynn Chen, Partner at KPMG Taiwan and Tony Chao, Managing Director of JLL Taiwan
The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) says the insurance's finances will remain sound till the end of the year.
An argument, which the Chinese Communist Party regularly trots out to justify its hegemonic claims to Taiwan is the Cairo Declaration. With the 80th anniversary of the declaration approaching, that argument needs to be re-examined, unpacked and debunked.
By Jerome F Keating
The European Union is stepping up its efforts to support Ukraine as it endures an invasion by Russian forces
Lawmakers have passed a draft amendment to increase the special budget supporting coronavirus economic relief measures from NT$420 billion to N840 billion.
The Ministry of Education is warning that university enrolments next year could fall below 900,000 next year due to the continued effects of low birth rates.
The Central Epidemic Command Center yesterday reported 56 new coronavirus cases, including a new case in a cluster infection caused by the Delta variant in Pingtung.
The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens will be allowed to travel to the EU, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Despite facing difficulties such as language barriers, high staff turnover, problems with landlords and importing ingredients, many foreign restauranteurs enjoy great success in Taiwan
By Douglas Habecker