Premier urges BOST to expedite S&T transformation

  • Date: 2016-07-27
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

While  presiding  over  the  Executive  Yuan’s  Board  of  Science  and  Technology  (BOST)  meeting  today,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  called  on  the  board  to  do  its  utmost  to  expedite  the  nation’s  science  and  technology  (S&T)  transformation.

S&T  strategies  must  complement  the  government’s  policies,  Lin  reiterated.  To  enhance  the  nation’s  industrial  competitiveness,  President  Tsai  Ing-wen  in  her  campaign  platform  outlined  the  project  on  five  major  innovative  industries.  Lin  anticipated  further  discussion  of  key  technology  innovations  in  this  project  at  future  BOST  meetings  in  order  to  break  through  the  present  developmental  bottleneck.

Aside  from  development  of  manufacturing  and  other  related  “hardware”  sectors,  investment  in  “software”  sectors  such  as  services,  gaming  and  smart  industries  should  be  enhanced,  the  premier  noted.  He  thus  enjoined  relevant  agencies  to  take  the  views  of  BOST  committee  members  into  consideration,  step  up  communications  and  exchanges  with  various  industrial  sectors,  carry  out  systemic  integration,  and  incorporate  the  committee  members’  and  sectors’  perspectives  into  appropriate  projects  in  the  S&T  budget.

The  Executive  Yuan’s  Office  of  Science  and  Technology  stated  that  the  Executive  Yuan  has  for  the  first  time  set  up  a  pilot  mechanism  for  managing  large-scale  S&T  research  and  development  projects.  By  instituting  an  execution  model  for  S&T  projects  and  selecting  projects  that  can  truly  benefit  the  public,  the  administration  aims  to  enable  the  S&T  budget  to  effectively  link  industrial  applications  and  guide  enterprises  to  innovative  development  in  order  to  energize  key  technologies  and  induce  industrial  growth.

Premier  Lin  is  BOST  convener,  and  Minister  without  Portfolio  Wu  Tsung-tsong  and  Minister  of  Science  and  Technology  Yang  Hung-duen  serve  as  deputy  conveners.  The  BOST  committee  comprises  eight  ministers  as  well  as  seven  outstanding  entrepreneurs  and  academic  experts  specializing  in  areas  such  as  S&T  management,  biomedicine,  and  information  and  communications  technology.

The  government  hopes  to  capitalize  on  the  committee  members’  experiences  to  open  up  distribution  channels,  Lin  pointed  out.  It  also  aims  to  seek  out  systemic  professionals  to  assist  in  S&T  integration.  In  so  doing,  the  BOST  would  maximize  its  potential  and  help  accelerate  the  nation’s  S&T  transformation.