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Taiwan seeking closer tech cooperation with Israel

2018/03/19 18:51:47

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Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Taiwan is hoping to cooperate more closely with Israel in the technology field to strengthen its ability to innovate, Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said Monday.

One way to achieve this, Chen said, will be for the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to set up a technology section in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv and have the ministry's tech advisor Wang Ting-an (汪庭安) lead it.

Wang has experience in Silicon Valley and will do well in his new position, Chen said.

The mission of Wang's unit will be to develop closer links with tech startups and research and development groups in Israel and take advantage of Israel's strong sense of what the market needs -- which Taiwanese companies generally lack -- to foster the development of niche products, according to Chen.

The section will also push for cooperation between Taiwan's tech development groups, such as the MOST's AI Innovation and Research Center and the Global Research & Industry Alliance, and their counterparts in Israel, Chen said.

Consisting of 15 top universities in Taiwan, including National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Chiao Tung University, the alliance promotes national technology development by bringing together local academia.

Chen praised Israel's R&D capabilities, saying it has been effective in transferring technologies developed by its nine national universities to the private sector and commercializing them on the market.

Taiwan is also eyeing cooperation with Israel in talent cultivation as Taiwan needs a larger talent pool to support its drive for more tech startups, Chen said.

So far, Chen said, three Israeli companies have agreed to help train young talent involved in innovation in Taiwan, with the training programs expected to last six to 12 months.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Frances Huang)