Monday, January 14, 2019

Implications of the US and Japan's Smart Agricultural Experiences


    As global smart agriculture is innovated from automation to intellectualization, advanced countries' experiences with smart agricultural technology can be used by us as references. In observing the experience of developing smart agriculture in both the United States and Japan, Taiwan's smart agriculture development context is much closer to that of Japan, while the expected benefits are generally that the same as those of both the United States and Japan. Therefore, strengthening the aspects of sustainable agriculture, coping with extreme climate in the future, and enhancing the advancement of human resources with smart agriculture, including research, training, and the promotion of smart agriculture are all recommended in order to plant the intelligent and sustainable seeds of agriculture in Taiwan.

The Minister Responsible for Mining's Outlook of the 2018 APEC Meeting

Bo-Chin Chang

    APEC's main goal is to ensure the growth and development of the regional economy by promoting trade and investment liberalization, commercial facilitation, and economic and technological cooperation within the region. The mining industry actually has a significant influence on economic growth and prosperity in the APEC region as the world's largest production and consumption area of mineral resources. Furthermore, the minerals and metals produced and consumed in the region account for approximately 70% of the total global output. The domestic economic growth of several economies rely on the trade and investment of such minerals and metals. Most of all, the mining and trading of mineral products between APEC economies have long rendered significant contributions to the overall economic development of the Asia-Pacific region.

APEC Leaders' Meeting focuses on Asia-Pacific Digital Roadmap

Victoria Tsai

    This year, Mr. Morris Chang, founder of TSMC, attended the APECLeaders Meeting on behalf of the president. Morris Chang is considered as having the highest level of digital knowledge among all the other APEC leaders. Furthermore, the Chair's Era Kone Statement provides the characteristic digital opportunity blueprint in the Asia-Pacific region for digital economic development, particularly with the APEC Action Agenda on the Digital Economy, which encourages APEC economies to actively master digital opportunities.

Monday, December 10, 2018

APEC’s New Priority: An Asia-Pacific Digital Vision

 Chien-Fu Lin      
    Over its nearly three-decade lifespan, APEC has served an important role in promoting regional development. But with the APEC Bogor Goals set to expire in 2020, we must think about how to make APEC relevant for the challenges of the decades ahead. It is firmly believed that the priority areas for cooperation in APEC’s post-2020 vision should focus on the fields which can help us maintain and drive economic growth into the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The 2018 IeSF ESports World Championship Will Take Place in Kaohsiung

 Gary Chen

    The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has announced that Taiwan’s port city Kaohsiung will host the 10th ESports World Championship in 2018. The 2018 ESports World Championship is scheduled to take place at the Kaohsiung Arena (K-Arena) from November 9 to 11 and is expected to surpass all previous championships in scale with hundreds of players, officials, and press representatives from over fifty different economies expected to attend.

Seeking to Join CPTPP is Critical for the Economy of Taiwan

Darson Chiu
    For most economies, trade is an essential engine for creating job opportunities, acquiring technologies, and offering consumers more options. And free trade, as the elimination of trade barriers, can fine tune the game of comparative advantage in international trade. Under free trade, overall economic welfare can be maximized and resources can be optimally allocated. Free trade, in short, offers a fair chance to compete.
    On this playing field, more competitive industries will inevitably emerge on top, and more vulnerable sectors will lose out. Free trade can also bring in outside competition, which can have severe negative effects on unprotected domestic industries over the short run. But over the long run, this added competition can help make certain industries more healthy and resilient. As a result, free trade can ultimately help promote economic growth.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summary of Activities, Findings and Recommendations from the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Public and Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses and Waste for a Sustainable APEC Food System

Council of Agriculture

1. We, the high level representatives of APEC member economies in attendance at the APEC High  Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Public and Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses and    Waste for a Sustainable APEC Food System, held in Taipei from June 14 to 15, 2018, acknowledging the urgent need to reduce food losses and waste (FLW) in the supply chain to achieve food security and a sustainable food system, hereby: (I) recognize the activities conducted under APEC Multi-Year Project APEC MYP SCE 02 2013A to reduce FLW; (II) summarize the findings of these activities; and (III) encourage APEC member economies to adopt the following recommendations derived from these activities and findings, as listed in the corresponding sections below.

A General Comparison of National e-sports Policies

Gary Chen

     As physical and social environments continue to change, popular sports and recreational preferences have reached a point of transition, as the increasing degree of immersion in video gaming allowed by technological advancement has paved the way for a gradual shift in public perception of
video games. Moreover, innovations in communications technologies have forced the individuals and organizations involved in the gaming industry to formulate new legal definitions of gaming and prepare for new challenges.