Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Taiwan will spare no efforts in the next few years to promote a scientific and technological upgrade of the country, and a conference will be held later this year to search for the best strategies to achieve the goal, Science Minister Cyrus Chu said Monday.
"The next two years will be the turning point for Taiwan's science and technology development, and it is the only window of opportunity left for such development," Chu said in a speech at Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top academic research institution.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang and Acer founder Stan Shih both feel the same way, he said.
Chu, who heads the National Science Council, said he will make good use of a planned national science and technology conference in December to study how to bring about such an upgrade.
The agenda will cover how to maintain Taiwan's position in academic research on the international stage, how to ensure that Taiwan's information technology sector keeps making progress, and how to integrate Taiwan's academic research sector with the business sector, Chu said.
The planned national conference, which is held every four years to outline science and technology development projects for the country, will also touch on issues concerning Taiwan's intellectual property right protection, sustainable development and the science and technology brain drain, he said.
(By Lin Meng-ju and Elizabeth Hsu)