The highly transmissible Omicron variant poses clear risks that must be managed, but a roadmap for reopening is still needed. The capricious coronavirus is full of unpleasant surprises, the latest being the ultra-transmissible Omicron variant that threatens to upend Taiwan’s mostly COVID-free existence. With around 18,000 total recorded cases and 850 deaths as of mid-January,…

While Taiwan’s tourism industry is currently reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing number of elderly Taiwanese travelers represents untapped growth potential. For Taiwan’s tourism industry, the rapidly aging population presents both challenges and opportunities. Many attractions and accommodations are not adjusted to visitors with physical limitations. On the other hand, the number of people…

By using tactics and technology to avoid overcrowding at popular destinations and involving the input and expertise of local communities, Taiwan can begin to distribute tourist dollars more evenly. The problem exists wherever tourism is a significant industry. During peak seasons, popular destinations look like they might buckle under the weight of visitors. At other…

Taiwan’s increasing use of green energy has been advantageous to its economy. As investment in renewables continues to grow, more gains are expected down the line. Renewable energy adoption is quickly becoming a priority for a growing number of businesses and governments. In 2019, assets under management in which institutional investors employed Environmental, Social, and…

Taiwan has a unique opportunity to reinvent itself as a leader in sustainable transformation. But it will take the enlightened involvement and cooperation of business, government, academia, and society to ensure that such a shift benefits all relevant stakeholders. Over the past few years, sustainability and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing have become hot…

Taiwan’s military is set to receive a windfall in the form of a five-year special budget focused on indigenous defense capabilities. Under the Six Core Strategic Industries initiative, the domestic defense supply chain is growing, though foreign technology still plays an integral role. Since early 2020, Chinese military aircraft have regularly intruded into Taiwan’s southwest…