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…

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Three Taipei restaurants to bear in mind when hankering for the food of northern China. Photos by Matthew Fulco Over the years it has become harder to find authentic northern Chinese restaurants in Taipei. Restaurant founders who arrived in Taiwan with Chiang Kai-Shek and the Kuomintang government more than 65 years ago have nearly all…