Technology is Taiwan’s security guarantee: Tsai

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  • By Lin Chia-nan / Staff Reporter, in Tainan and Kaohsiung

Technology is the country’s security guarantee, said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday, expressing the hope of making the world “more dependent on Taiwan”.

Tsai made the remarks during visits to the cybersecurity and intelligent technology research and development building of the Tainan Ministry of Science and Technology and a planned science park in the Ciaotou (橋頭) district of Kaohsiung.

The cybersecurity building in Gueiren District (歸仁) houses 14 cybersecurity companies and the southern branch of the ministry’s start-up incubator, Taiwan Tech Arena. The building is part of the larger Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City.

Photo: Lee Hui-chou, Taipei Times

“The world is watching Taiwan, especially its technological development,” said Tsai, adding that the nation needs to accelerate innovation.

Taiwan’s advanced technology and manufacturing skills are critical to its survival and safety, she said, adding that Taiwanese technology would help the nation build closer ties with the world.

New high-tech industrial clusters would emerge not only in north and central Taiwan, but also in the south, she said.

“Taiwan would become the largest technology cluster in the world,” she added.

Five years ago, few people wanted to move to Gueiren for work, but the center in the district is expected to be the cradle of Asia’s most advanced cybersecurity technology with innovative startups, Minister of Science and Technology Wu Tsung-tsong (吳 政 忠) said.

A cybersecurity base is located on the fifth floor of the building and is managed by the Department’s affiliated National Applied Research Laboratories.

The base’s job is to nurture cybersecurity talent and foster collaboration between academia and industry, said Steven Tsai (蔡一郎), a researcher at the cybersecurity hub.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have increasingly adopted remote operations and placed increasing emphasis on ID certification, increasing the need for cybersecurity countermeasures, he said.

Associated with the facilities of the National Center for High Performance Computing, the cybersecurity base would conduct cyberattack and defense drills on a regular basis, he said.

One of the companies based in the new building, Systex Solutions Corp (精誠 資訊), considers the new premises attractive due to its proximity to the Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部 科學 園區), the technical director of the Systex operations and service department Erin Chang (張莉婷)) said.

As more firms return to Taiwan, the region is expected to attract more new businesses, she said.

Systex, which offers cybersecurity solutions, is hoping to attract many customers among these companies, she added.

The Ciaotou Science Park (橋頭 科學 園區), which is under construction, is looking for companies in the semiconductor, electric vehicle, and information and communication technology sectors, said Su Chen-kang (蘇振綱), director general of the Southern Science Park Administration Bureau.

The planned science park would encompass 352.44 hectares, including 186.49 hectares of industrial areas, 39.79 hectares of residential and commercial areas and 126.16 hectares of grassland.

The park’s development plan was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in September.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳 其 邁) said the city government would provide extensive support to companies wanting to set up bases in the new science park, including meeting water and electricity needs.

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