New science and technology minister unveils 10-year plan


Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan’s new Minister of Science and Technology Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠) on Wednesday outlined a 10-year science and technology vision for the nation, targeting six priority areas for future development.

Wu was sworn into office in the day.

On the new post he will promote the development of biotechnology and health-care, the next generation semiconductor industry, satellite communication networks and information security programs, Wu said.

He will also push for digital transformation and more broadband construction under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, he added.

Addressing the next generation semiconductor program, Wu said that following the 3nm process, technology node sizes in semiconductor manufacturing will be denoted in angstroms (Å).

The government is taking the initiative to advance development in the area, Wu noted, adding that it is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest and most advanced contract maker of chips for other companies, to develop the new technology.

Wu praised TSMC’s recent decision to build a plant in the United States given the large U.S. market, but reiterated that the company’s advanced technologies will remain in Taiwan.

The ministry will work with other government departments to realize the goals laid out in the Taiwan 2030 science and technology vision, Wu added.

He also said the Ministry of Science and Technology will help to establish a digital development department proposed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), noting that Taiwan’s annual budget for science and technology is currently about NT$120 billion (US$4 billion), with NT$20 billion-NT$30 billion allocated for digital development.

Wu made the remarks after a ceremony Wednesday during which he received the seal of office from his predecessor Chen Liang-gee (陳良基), the same day Tsai formally began her second term as president of the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan’s formal name.

Wu, 65, a former minister without portfolio and deputy head of the National Science Council, predecessor to the Ministry of Science and Technology, played a leading role in developing a budget for the government’s “five plus two” innovative industries program.

The plan was proposed by President Tsai in her first term as the key to shifting Taiwan’s industrial base away from its traditional concentration on contract manufacturing and gearing it towards high-value-added, service- and solutions-oriented business models.

Wu holds a doctoral degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University and previously taught theoretical and applied mechanics at National Taiwan University.

(By Su Szu-yun and Evelyn Kao)


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