Taiwanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) could become globally competitive through quality control and devotion to research and development, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday in Taoyuan County.
The DPP chairperson visited the Youth Industrial Park in Taoyuan County on the second day of her five-day campaign visit to local industrial centers, which she said was arranged to “listen to the voices of local business leaders.”
Taiwanese manufacturers would be able to compete with and could surpass their Japanese and German counterparts in terms of product quality, she said after visiting Needle Roller Bearings Co, a connecting rod bearing brand that produces needle bearings.
Photo: Shen Chi-chang, Taipei Times
“But not until you devote yourselves to research and development can you take the lead from your competitors and maintain an advantage,” Tsai said, citing the example of the Taoyuan-based company.
Improving Taiwan’s research and development capacity as a country is an important part of Tsai’s economic policy, which highlights industrial restructuring and an economy based on innovation and knowledge.
Tsai refused to respond to a story published by the Chinese-language Wealth magazine yesterday about a romance she had when studying law at National Taiwan University in the 1970s.
“Don’t ask me anything about gossip,” Tsai told reporters as she was leaving the factory.
She later visited CTW -Logistics Corp in the same park and received a rare endorsement from the company’s chairman Huang Jen-an (黃仁安) as most leaders of local SMEs tend to keep their political preferences private.
Huang praised Tsai for her integrity and honesty, which he said were must-have characteristics for a national leader. He also expressed his hope that Tsai would be able to make Taiwan a country with distinct differences from China, including human rights and democratic values.
President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration is seeking to join an Indo-Pacific economic framework being planned by the US, a senior official said. The government is paying close attention to the regional economic pact being touted by US President Joe Biden, although too few details have emerged from Washington for Taipei to make specific plans, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The US is expected to launch the Indo-Pacific economic framework next month after negotiations with Australia, India and Japan, the official said. The economic initiative is to tackle trade facilitation, standards for the digital economy and technology, supply-chain resiliency and
PIVOTAL ROLE: Taiwan’s importance in the global chip supply chain can be bolstered by domestic equipment manufacturing, President Tsai Ing-wen said Efforts must be made to better secure Taiwan’s place in the global supply chain by localizing production of equipment and facilities used by the semiconductor industry, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday. Tsai discussed the issue during a meeting with representatives from the Taiwan Electronic Equipment Industry Association at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Product shortages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly of automotive chips — highlighted the pivotal role of Taiwan in the global supply chain, she said. Tsai thanked the association for cooperating with the government on the shared goal of localizing production of important semiconductor industry equipment.
SEPARATE CASE? A woman tested positive when she went with her daughter to be tested, because her daughter had taken the same bus to school as a steakhouse worker The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 10 local COVID-19 cases, six of whom had visited a steakhouse in Taoyuan where an infection cluster has been reported. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that of the 10 local infections, one case — No. 17,928 — is a Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport disease prevention staffer who works in the area where inbound travelers collect their saliva for a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and sometimes at the fever screening station. The staffer had tested negative in a PCR test on Jan. 9 and
TRACING UNDER WAY: The CECC has identified six transmission chains among 25 recently confirmed COVID-19 cases, including those linked to a restaurant and a bank The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 54 new COVID-19 infections — 44 imported and 10 local — and identified six transmission chains among local cases. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said the imported cases are 18 who tested positive upon arrival at the airport and 26 who tested positive during quarantine. Of the local cases, seven are associated with a cluster infection at a Tasty Steak (西堤牛排) outlet in Taoyuan’s Zhongli District (中壢), one is linked to a family of four with COVID-19 reported on Monday, one is a family member of an