The six emerging industries that the government has been vigorously promoting are set to create about 450,000 new jobs over the next two years, the nation’s top economic planning agency said on Thursday.
Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) officials said the six emerging industries, which include green energy, tourism, biotechnology and electric cars, have been listed for priority development this year as part of government efforts to rev up employment.
Council officials quoted the International Labor Organization (ILO) as saying that the ILO had been participating in global climate negotiations to support policies that could cushion the negative impact of climate change on the labor market, create opportunities for green jobs and facilitate the transition to sustainable economies, enterprises and employment opportunities.
By 2012, the number of people working in Taiwan’s green energy sector will be nearly double the figure posted in 2008, the council forecast.
Statistics released by the council showed that output from the domestic green energy sector reached NT$160.3 billion (US$5 billion) in 2008, employing about 16,000 employees.
It is estimated that the work force in this sector will top 47,500 people by the end of 2012, the officials said.
The combined output of the six emerging industries stood at NT$2.2 trillion in 2008, with a total work force of 784,000 people.
By 2012, the output is expected to have increased by NT$1.17 trillion, with 450,000 new jobs created, the officials estimated.