Scholar lauds Ma's New Year's address
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A scholar praised President Ma Ying-jeou's New Years Day address yesterday, noting Ma's willingness to tackle Taiwan's external challenges relating to the high-tech industry, international trade, education and demographics.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
In his address, Ma listed four major challenges facing Taiwan: the growing unfeasibility of Taiwan's high-tech industries' original equipment manufacturing model, the accelerating formation of large regional trade blocs, the mismatch between the training students receive before entering the workforce and what is required by industries, and a declining birthrate coupled with the strains of an aging population on national resources.
Bert J. Lim (林建山), a scholar and director of the World Economic Society (財團法人環球經濟社長) yesterday commended the President's pledge to tackle the challenges listed in his address. Lim made the comments during an interview with the Central News Agency.
Lim said that the long period of isolation and protectionism ushered in by former Presidents Lee and Chen ultimately proved to be a detriment to Taiwan's long-term international competency. Lim applauded Ma's proactive outward stance.
Lim also said that more Taiwanese students should study abroad and expand their horizons so that they may contribute to Taiwan's international competency with their training.
In Lim's opinion, Taiwanese academies need to place greater emphasis on achieving practical applications rather than merely publishing a large number of papers.
Most importantly Lim said that it is vital for Taiwan to maintain a presence in the economic and trade relations in the region, adding that Taiwan runs the risk of being marginalized if it is not able to participate in the many rapidly forming regional trade blocs.