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Council looks to India for growth

CNA , TAIPEI

The National Science Council has been working hard to step up the information sector's cooperation with its Indian counterpart in research and development on information and communications technology (ICT), a council official said Wednesday.

"To accelerate the realization of this goal, the council has set up a science and technology division under the Republic of China's [Taiwan's] representative office in India last year," the official said, adding that bilateral cooperation in R&D would help increase production of key parts and components with high added value.

Council Vice Chairman Chi Kuo-chung (紀國鐘) made the remarks while delivering a report on a comparison of Taiwan's competitiveness with India, China and South Korea during a session of the legislature's Technology and Information Committee.

According to the 2005 World Competitiveness Yearbook released by the Lausanne-based Institute for Management Development, Taiwan placed 11th in terms of overall competitiveness, while India, China and South Korea were ranked 39th, 31st and 29th, respectively, Chi said.

In terms of technology development, Taiwan, India, China and South Korea were 5th, 43rd, 38th and 2nd respectively, while placing 10th, 30th, 20th and 15th respectively in terms of scientific development, Chi said.

Chi added that the nation's overall competitiveness and scientific development were superior to those of the three other nations, but he added that its technology development trailed South Korea.

He also quoted the 2005-2006 World Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum as saying that Taiwan performed much better than the other three countries in the fields of growth competitiveness and sci-tech competitiveness.

According to that report, Taiwan, India, China and South Korea placed 5th, 50th, 49th and 17th respectively in terms of growth competitiveness, while ranking 3rd, 55th, 64th and 7th respectively in terms of sci-tech competitiveness.

Touching on the council's efforts to boost cooperation with other countries, Chi said the council subsidizes more than 900 post-doctoral researchers every year. These researchers would become the nation's pillars in promoting international sci-tech cooperation, he said.

With the relocation of several of the nation's computer and communications enterprises to China, Chi said the council would continue to assist domestic industries in their R&D projects to increase the manufacturing of key parts and components with high added value, while boosting cross-strait sci-tech exchanges.

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