Gov't to solicit Japanese investments in science parks
October 4, 2012, 12:19 am TWN
TAIPEI--The National Science Council (NSC) will send a delegation to Japan later this month as part of efforts to solicit investment in Taiwan's science parks, Science Minister Cyrus Chu said yesterday.
Speaking at a meeting of the Legislature's Education and Culture Committee, Chu said his council will aim to attract precision machinery makers to Taiwan during the visit, which follows an earlier trip to China for the same purpose.
The council serves as the supervisory agency for three major science parks in Taiwan — Hsinchu Science Park, the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) and the Southern Taiwan Science Park.
Chu was responding to doubts voiced by legislators about the council's efforts to solicit investments. The lawmakers cited concerns over the lack of revenues being created at Hsinchu Science Park's extensions in Miaoli and Yilan and the particularly small number of manufacturers setting up shop at the three tech parks.
Legislator Chiang Nai-shin of the ruling Kuomintang also drew attention to the future development of the Advanced Research Park, a CTSP's extension in Nantou, which is scheduled to be transformed into a cultural and creative park.
Lin Chia-lung of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party suggested that the advanced facility should instead form a cluster with the CTSP's Erlin Science Park, as this would create more benefits.
In response, Chu said the Miaoli and Yilan extensions are still in the initial stage of development, but manufacturers have been moving in.
However, new clients do not guarantee that a profit can be achieved given the current economic situation, Chu said.
Chu said his council will work to boost the precision machinery and high-end medical equipment industries as a way of addressing the current economic slowdown.
According to NSC data, as of Sept. 10 there were 478 manufacturers registered in the Hsinchu Science Park, 105 in the Central Taiwan Science Park and 157 in the Southern Taiwan Science Park.