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Gov't can't solve talent crisis without help of corporations: NDC minister

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Newly appointed National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday said the responsibility to solve Taiwan's talent crisis is not the government's solely, noting that businesses have to cooperate with the government as well.

Kuan's remark came after Morris Chang (張忠謀), chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), on Wednesday raised concern over the nation's workforce issues. Chang said Taiwan should open its doors to let in international talent and alleviate the talent shortage problem.

After the Cabinet's weekly meeting, Kuan told local reporters, “sure, the government has to create a good investment environment for talented people, but if industries cannot offer good terms to talent, they will not want to stay in Taiwan.”

Kuan said, for instance, a foreign talent could choose to work in Singapore, Hong Kong or Taiwan, but if no companies in Taiwan offer a good salary and benefits, then he or she will not choose Taiwan. “It is impossible to solve the problem through the government only,” he added.

The minister said that the Executive Yuan has been paying attention to the personnel issue, noting that the NDC is currently drafting economic migration policies to ease the talent shortage.

Kuan further explained that he hopes the potential policies of migrant investment and professional expert migration can alleviate the talent crisis, stressing that the key to carrying out the aforementioned policies is to loosen the current relevant regulations.

Kuan went on to say that over the past few years government agencies have proposed many solutions to the issue, and only last year did the government integrate the proposals into three directions: talent cultivation, talent recruitment and policies to maintain talented personnel.

Premier Urges Ministries to Work with NDC

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday urged all government agencies to work with the newly established NDC over the issue of human resource development.

The premier said what Chang is concerned about is the country's manpower planning and talent cultivation involving multiple government agencies, noting that the talent crisis must be solved with the cooperation of every ministry and the NDC's efforts.

Jiang said he hopes the NDC will proactively communicate with local experts and think tanks from various fields and bring their valuable opinions to the government for reference.

Noting that the Cabinet-level NDC is an important cross-ministry platform, Jiang said he hopes all ministries will think highly of the NDC and assist the council in policy planning.

The NDC was established this Wednesday from a merger of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, and parts of the Public Construction Commission.

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