Premier lauds role of technology in Taiwan's COVID-19 response

12/02/2020 05:39 PM
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Premier Su Tseng-chang (second right). CNA photo Dec. 2, 2020
Premier Su Tseng-chang (second right). CNA photo Dec. 2, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) kicked off Taiwan's annual IT Month exhibition on Wednesday by praising the role of technology in the country's successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a speech at the exhibition's opening ceremony, Su said that this year's event, which is expected to draw 300 exhibitors and up to 650,000 visitors, will serve as a testament to Taiwan's "unparalleled" public health efforts.

At a time when much of the world is still facing pandemic-related lockdowns, Taiwan is one of the few countries that have not only managed to contain COVID-19, but have also maintained economic growth, Su said.

Those achievements are a product of Taiwan's epidemic prevention model, which is built upon big data and the effective application of technology, he said.

Looking ahead, Su said, the government is planning to support the tech sector with an additional NT$100 billion (US$3.5 billion) investment in its Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program and through the creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Digital Development.

In separate remarks, Taipei Computer Association President Peng Shuang-lang (彭双浪) said that despite the global disruptions caused by COVID-19, technological development has continued, particularly as countries around the world launch their 5G networks.

CNA photo Dec. 2, 2020
CNA photo Dec. 2, 2020

The 2020 Information Technology Month will run until Dec. 6 at the Taipei World Trade Center's Exhibition Hall 1, before making its next stops in Taichung Dec. 11-14 and Tainan Dec. 17-21, and concluding in Kaohsiung Dec. 25-28.

(By Chung Jung-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta)

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