Then Council of Agriculture Minister (now Legistlative Yuan Speaker) Su Jia-chyuan, fourth from left, was among the dignitaries at the 2007 ceremony for the bank.

Once saddled with a huge volume of non-performing loans, the farming credit system has strengthened under the supervision of a state-backed agricultural bank. Taiwan’s agricultural finance system has evolved considerably since the early 2000s when it was burdened with a large volume of non-performing loans (NPLs). The dire state of Taiwan’s rural finances at that…

Taiwan's Big Data Challenge (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Can Taiwan leverage its hardware manufacturing acumen to tap opportunities in the ascendant big-data analytics market? The digitization of information since the advent of the personal computer has led to a massive accumulation of data, and that data buildup has accelerated with the development of high-speed Internet connections and connected mobile devices. Unlike data found…

Progress: An 8-inch silicon wafer from 1993 on display at the ITRI Exhibition hall. (Photo: Matthew Fulco)

Allowing Chinese investment in the sector could give Beijing immoderate influence over Taiwan’s most prized industry, yet shunning it could undermine competitiveness.   The semiconductor sector is one of the last areas of the global consumer electronics supply chain where Taiwanese firms retain an edge over their Chinese competitors. Taiwanese integrated circuit (IC) makers have…

The island enjoys a number of potential competitive advantages in the sector, including strong manufacturing and supply chain expertise.   At a ceremony on November 24, Taiwanese airline EVA Airways announced a major expansion to its fleet through an agreement to purchase 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with the package valued at…

New domestically developed technologies are opening the way for new business opportunities. Once known for high pollution levels stemming from its rapid industrialization, Taiwan since the 1980s and 1990s has embarked on numerous campaigns to reduce the impact on the environment. Taiwan’s Green Mark Program, for example, certifies nearly 6,000 products and services in over…