The government seems receptive to the idea of greater flexibility in public-project contracts. In each of the last two editions of AmCham Taipei’s annual Taiwan White Paper, the Chamber’s Infrastructure & Engineering Committee encouraged the government to make use of an option called “alternative methodology” when tendering public infrastructure projects. Increasingly common in other construction…

Regular meetings promised on relevant AmCham issues. Of the various ministries under Taiwan’s Executive Yuan, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is the one responsible for the broadest range of activity relevant to AmCham Taipei. Its various agencies and departments deal with such matters as intellectual property rights, industrial development, trade policy, energy policy, investment…

Having implemented a Hepatitis B (HBC) vaccination program for newborns in 1986, Taiwan was once a pioneer in vaccination efforts.  However, Taiwan’s exclusion from participation in the World Health Organization (WHO), a tight budget, and a lack of coordination between immunization policy and healthy insurance policy have taken their toll. As a result, the development…

In the energy section of the 2018 Taiwan White Paper  recently released by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, the Chamber’s Energy Committee calls for the appointment of an “energy czar” to oversee the government’s efforts to redirect Taiwan’s electrical power generation away from reliance on nuclear and fossil fuels. By 2025, according to the…