Momentum Continues On Export Growth The Taiwan economy continued its upward momentum through the first quarter of 2018 as exports maintained their double digit gains, unemployment stayed low, and consumer and business confidence remained high. On the back of International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts of rising global trade and growth, analysts expect Taiwan’s trade impetus to…

Michelin Guide Comes to Taipei The Michelin Co. formally launched its Michelin Guide Taipei on March 14, awarding stars to 20 restaurants. Only one, the Cantonese restaurant Le Palais in the Palais de Chine Hotel, received the coveted three-stars rating, signifying “exceptional cuisine worth a journey,” according to the Michelin standard. Two restaurants – Japanese…

Google Invests in Taiwan AI Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., announced March 31 that it would be making extensive investments into Taiwan’s artificial intelligence (AI) development. The company said it would hire at least 300 AI engineers, cultivate 5,000 talent positions, and train more than 50,000 digital marketing personnel in a year. AI-engineering positions will…

Indictment Brought In Ching Fu Scandal Four executives at the Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co., including chairman Chen Ching-nan, were indicted by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor’s Office on February 12 on charges of fraud, breach of trust, and banking law violations. Prosecutors recommended a 30-year prison sentence for the chairman, commutable to a NT$1 billion (US$34…

LABOR LAW AMENDED During an 18-hour overnight session, the Legislative Yuan approved amendments to the highly controversial Labor Standards Act that the government promises will provide greater flexibility for both workers and employers but which labor activists argue will lead to abuse of labor rights. The amendments include changes to the overtime calculation, with overtime…