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Government aims to more evenly develop smart cities, country: premier

2017/09/28 18:36:47

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Thursday the government is gathering information across Taiwan about smart city development to better integrate resources and move toward creation of a smart country, which in turn will boost the economy.

"There is still a gap between the development of the six major municipalities and other counties and cities, which needs to be closed, Lai said at a forum in Taipei on smart city development nationwide.

For example, he said, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung are making fast progress on harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the quality of life for their citizens, Lai said.

However, it is difficult for rural areas to catch up, given their limitations in the areas of finance and talent, he said.

With this in mind, the central government will review and integrate the expertise of leading municipalities in the smart city development initiative, in a bid to create standard models in areas such as smart transportation and more effectively transfer them to other cities and counties, Lai said.

On the goal of creating a smart country, Lai said the government is aiming to make broadband services even more accessible and 10 times faster by 2020.

The government will also strive to expand the value of Taiwan's digital economy to NT$6.5 trillion (US$204.66 billion) and increase the mobile payment penetration rate to over 90 percent by 2025, he said.

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫), who also attended the forum, said his ministry is working toward developing numerous cloud platforms to encourage enhanced exchanges between the public and private sectors.

"The focus has been on the development of hardware such as sensors, but now we are moving toward service-based initiatives," Kung said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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