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Drawing up Taiwan’s Outlook for 2030 with the Aggregation of International Viewpoints

2020/01/16

Commissioned by the Board of Science and Technology with the plan “Future 2030,” the Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) cooperates with Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) under Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute (MIC) to study Taiwan’s outlook for 2030. The Board of Science and Technology hopes that STPI, ISTI, and MIC can not only interview the experts from Taiwan, but extend their reach to think tanks, experts, and industry players worldwide.

 

Picture with Dr. Pan Tso-chien, the Professor and Executive Director at Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM),  Nanyang Technological University

 

Currently, faced with numerous challenges posed by the future, many countries, such as Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, have been expanding efforts to gather consensus and draft long-term plans accordingly. Singapore, for example, listed “Smart Nation” as one of the goals, which was specifically noted in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech in 2014. Building a “Smart Nation” will help Singapore remain competitive and confront future challenges effectively, including aging society and problems stemming from urbanization. In line with the goal, the Singapore government will utilize digital and smart solutions to provide a better quality of lives and services for the general public and enterprises. Enterprises will also be assisted to seize relevant business opportunities.

Picture with Dr. Le Hong Hiep, the Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

 

In October 2019, as a part of the “Future 2030” plan, the Assistant Researcher of STPI, Dr. Yeh Wei-lih, went on a visiting trip to Singapore to exchange ideas with local think tanks, scholars, research institutes, government agencies and businessmen. The goals were to collect experts and researchers’ views of global trends for the future and to seek advice on Taiwan’s development in the next decade. During the interviews, researchers put heads together and discussed how technology could be integrated into the development of society, economy, environment, and politics; to help fulfill Taiwan’s vision for 2030, plausible directions and strategies were also mapped out for Taiwanese government and agencies for references.  

 

Individuals and organization that were visited in the trip include Mr. Chen Yu-lin, a process engineer at Neste Singapore, Dr. Kaho Yu, a senior analyst at Verisk Maplecroft Singapore, a British consultancy specializing in risk analysis; Dr. Le Hong Hiep, a research fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute; Dr. Yeh Ting-ting, an assistant professor at Singapore Institute of Technology; Dr. Chen Gang, the assistant director and senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI) and Dr. Pan Tso-chien, the professor and executive director at Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM) in Nanyang Technological University.

Presenting gifts from STPI to Mr. Chen Yu-lin

 

The visit was an opportunity to understand Southeast Asian experts and researchers’ viewpoints of the prospective study and the trends in the next decade. The in-depth interviews with the experts collected suggestions and plausible solutions to the potential challenges lying ahead, especially within the context of Taiwan. Researchers pooled collective wisdom and shared observations. Key takeaways were as follow: (1) Policy stability is among the most significant challenges, (2) Taiwan’s export markets do not have clear demand in the future, (3) More emphasis of the development plan should be placed on healthcare, health promotion, and disease prevention, (4) Taiwan may focus more on realizing circular economy, including policy adaptability regarding renewable energy. The visit reaped many benefits; not only did it aid in pinpointing Taiwan’s outlook for 2030 but equip the “Future 2030” plan and future studies with a variety of international standpoints.