Taiwan's science and tech minister vows to cultivate more female talent

07/27/2022 08:15 PM
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President Tsai Ing-wen (center left) and Premier Su Tseng-chang unveils the newly restructured National Science and Technology Council in Taipei on Wednesday. CNA photo July 27, 2022
President Tsai Ing-wen (center left) and Premier Su Tseng-chang unveils the newly restructured National Science and Technology Council in Taipei on Wednesday. CNA photo July 27, 2022

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), minister of the newly restructured National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), said Wednesday he will spare no effort to cultivate female talent in technology.

"There are fewer Taiwanese women working in the tech field (than men)," Wu said at a ceremony in Taipei to mark the official restructuring of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), which he had led for the past two years.

As head of the newly reconstituted ministry, Wu said, he will work to nurture more female talent in technology.

In similar vein, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at the ceremony that it is imperative to attract more young talent, including women, to work in research and development to ensure Taiwan's continued development and progress.

The new NSTC should dedicate its efforts to promoting emerging technologies and ensuring that they are used in Taiwan to benefit businesses and bring about positive social change, Tsai said.

Meanwhile, Wu said at the ceremony that the NSTC will strive to transform the three science parks under its portfolio into hubs for "the industries of the future."

The Hsinchu Science Park, Central Taiwan Science Park, and Southern Taiwan Science Park will also expand their focus beyond the semiconductor industry into areas such as precision health, smart agriculture, electric vehicles and space technology, he said.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (left) hands over a seal to Wu Tsung-tsong for his new post as the minister of the National Science and Technology Council in Taipei Wednesday. CNA photo July 27, 2022
Premier Su Tseng-chang (left) hands over a seal to Wu Tsung-tsong for his new post as the minister of the National Science and Technology Council in Taipei Wednesday. CNA photo July 27, 2022

Wu was appointed NSTC minister by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday, while Lin Minn-tsong (林敏聰), who had served as MOST deputy minister, was given the same position in the NSTC.

According to the NSTC website, it is responsible for policy planning for national science and technological development, and it overseas several government institutes, including the national Synchrotron Radiation Research Center and National Applied Research Laboratories (NAR Labs).

The National Space Organization (NSPO), which is currently part of NAR Labs, will become a standalone agency directly under the NSTC, according to a bill that was passed in the Legislature in April but has not yet taken effect.

MOST was restructured as the NSTC in accordance with an amendment to the Organizational Act of the Executive Yuan, which seeks to ultimately streamline the number of ministries and Cabinet-level agencies, from 37 to 29, by means of mergers and remodeling.

The amendment, which took effect in January, was part of a wider restructuring program to make the government more effective, according to the Cabinet.

Under the program, a new Ministry of Digital Affairs will be established to coordinate the country's policy planning for digital governance and infrastructure and promote industries related to telecommunications, information technology and cyber security, the Cabinet said.

(By Teng Pei-ju)

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