Premier Lai calls meeting on talent shortage

  • Date: 2017-11-01
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

As part of government efforts to resolve major shortages hampering Taiwan’s investment environment, Premier Lai Ching-te today convened a second meeting addressing the shortage of industrial talent.

Following briefings from the National Development Council and the Ministry of Education on government responses to the talent shortage, the premier said he will hold a press conference next week to unveil a policy package to solve the issue. Measures include a bill on the recruitment and employment of foreign professionals, which cleared the Legislature just yesterday, as well as amendments to the Statute for Industrial Innovation, scheduled to undergo review by the Legislature Friday.

The premier also encouraged representatives from the government agencies to be mindful of the deeper objectives of tackling the “five shortages,” referring to shortages of water, electricity, land, labor and professional talent. These efforts, he said, will enable domestic businesses to upgrade capabilities, grow sustainably, and stay rooted in Taiwan while expanding globally. It is the government’s duty, therefore, to provide companies with fine talent and good policies so that the next generation can enjoy higher incomes and live a secure and prosperous life in Taiwan.