2020-08-07 Executive Yuan
Premier Su Tseng-chang received a briefing Thursday from the National Development Council (NDC) on the Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan. He urged central and local governments to work together in strengthening investment and collaboration mechanisms between corporations and startups, encouraging procurement of startup products to boost government efficiency, and creating a startup development platform that provides comprehensive support from funding and talent to ecosystems and regulations.
President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 6 that the government and people sincerely appreciate the efforts of outgoing Ambassador William Manuel Tapia Aleman to strengthen Taiwan-Nicaragua relations during his 12-year term as the Central American ally’s Taipei City-based representative.
2020-08-07 Taiwan Today
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Jordan and U.S.-based humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. inked a memorandum of understanding Aug. 5 in Amman to increase the safety and well-being of Syrian refugee girls in Jordan.
2020-08-06 Centers for Disease Control
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that no additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on August 5. The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 82,525 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported in Taiwan among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 81,443. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 476 cases. Of 476 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 384 are imported; 55 are indigenous; 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship, and 1 case has yet to be clarified. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 443 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 26 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.
2020-08-06 Office of the President
While meeting with Nicaraguan Ambassador William Manuel Tapia Alemán on the morning of August 6, President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the ambassador on behalf of the people of Taiwan for his tireless efforts to strengthen the friendly ties between Taiwan and Nicaragua. As Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Taiwan for the past few years, Ambassador Tapia has always been an active participant in exchange events involving Taiwan, as well as other foreign missions. President Tsai expressed hope Ambassador Tapia will have a chance to return to Taiwan, and bring other foreign friends along for a visit to experience the warmth and friendliness of our people. She also told Ambassador Tapia that Taiwan is truly his second home.
2020-08-05 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar II will lead a delegation to visit Taiwan in the following days. During his stay, Dr. Azar will call on President Tsai Ing-wen and meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu, as well as Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung. Dr. Azar is also scheduled to visit the Central Epidemic Command Center, and take part in a discussion with medical experts, in order to strength the ties of medical cooperation between Taiwan and the US.
2020-08-05 Focus Taiwan
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday it plans to ban three synthetic flavoring substances, projected to take effect in 2024, over growing concerns at their carcinogenic potential.
2020-08-04 Focus Taiwan
Several Japanese political figures paid their respects to Taiwan’s former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Monday at the nation’s representative office in Tokyo, where a memorial was set up to honor the former president.
2020-08-04 Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that graduating students from the academic year 108 from outside the 19 low-risk and medium-risk countries/regions are allowed to return to the Republic of China (ROC) (Taiwan) for study. Universities and colleges can apply to the MOE regarding the entry of graduating students from the academic year 108 adhere to the regulated procedures, and these students must complete a 14-day home quarantine at a central quarantine location or an epidemic prevention hotel. Following this, depending on the quarantine situation and the quarantine locations’ capacity after entry, then restrictions for other undergraduate degree students and incoming students can be relaxed and they can be allowed to enter the ROC (Taiwan) orderly.
2020-08-03 Focus Taiwan
A total of 149 foreign nationals have obtained Taiwanese nationality since the government amended the Nationality Act in December 2016 to recruit and retain top talent from around the world, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Sunday.
2020-08-03 Centers for Disease Control
On August 2, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced one new confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The case (Case #475) is an over 20-year-old female who came to Taiwan from the Philippines on July 31 to visit her relatives. The female case had no symptoms when entering Taiwan on July 31. After she had her specimen collected at the airport, her family members drove her to a quarantine hotel for home quarantine. The case developed a slightly elevated temperature on August 1. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on August 2.
2020-07-31 Executive Yuan
At the Cabinet’s weekly meeting Thursday, Premier Su Tseng-chang received a briefing from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the outcomes of the Smart Machinery Development Program.
2020-07-31 Focus Taiwan
The Indonesian government said Thursday it is ready to start sending migrant workers again to 22 countries and regions around the world, including Taiwan, after a suspension of nearly four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-07-30 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu on July 27 represented President Tsai Ing-wen in conferring the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon upon Sven Håkan Oskar Jevrell, Representative of the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, in recognition of his efforts and contributions to advancing Taiwan-Sweden relations during his tenure in Taiwan.
2020-07-30 Centers for Disease Control
Regarding some scholars’ opinion that mass testing should be required for travelers bound for Taiwan, the CECC stated that though mass testing can identify asymptomatic carriers, our measures of a 14-day period of home quarantine imposed on arrivals and a 7-day period of self-health management following the end of the quarantine period for asymptomatic individuals have continued to effectively contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan.
2020-07-29 Centers for Disease Control
On July 28, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the findings of the investigation into a Thai migrant worker found to have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after he returned to Thailand.
2020-07-29 Centers for Disease Control
On July 28, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced five new confirmed imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. Of the five new cases (Cases #463-467), four arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines, and the other one arrived from Hong Kong.
2020-07-28 Executive Yuan
The Executive Yuan Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) said that Taiwan on Saturday participated in a virtual meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers to discuss the importance of a free and open trade and investment environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-07-28 Centers for Disease Control
On July 27, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that Taiwan received a notification from Thai authorities this noon that a migrant worker who returned to Thailand from Taiwan has been confirmed to have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). After contact with Thai authorities, the CECC has obtained information on the confirmed case. The case is a Thai migrant worker who worked in northern Taiwan. The migrant worker returned to Thailand on July 21 and tested positive for COVID-19 on July 25.
2020-07-27 Centers for Disease Control
On July 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to rage in the Philippines. Furthermore, of 11 imported cases confirmed in Taiwan from June, six are linked to the Philippines. To protect public health, the CECC announced that starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow related quarantine measures which are listed below.
2020-07-27 Focus Taiwan
Taiwan on Sunday donated 10,000 face masks to New York City's Chinatown in an effort to help the community combat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
2020-07-24 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
To further promote the New Southbound Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened a meeting with other related government agencies on May 29 concerning visa measures for nationals from New Southbound Policy partner countries and Russia. Topics of discussion were whether to extend trial visa-free entry for nationals from Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, and Russia and whether to adjust the Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-end Group Tourists from Southeast Asian Countries and the Online Application for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate for nationals from Southeast Asian countries (the latter also referred to as conditional visa-free entry).
2020-07-24 Office of the President
In remarks at the opening ceremony for the 2020 BIO Asia-Taiwan Conference and Exhibition on the morning of July 23, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that in our “5+2 industrial innovation program” the biomedical industry is one of our top priorities for development. This event, she said, will showcase breakthroughs in biomedical technology and biotech industry innovations, noting that clinical trials for many new pharmaceuticals have recently been unblinded. She also expressed hope that this biotech exhibition will promote international cooperation, so that everyone can work together to realign the biotech industry and create new opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era, while taking our biotech industry to the next level.
2020-07-23 Centers for Disease Control
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that no additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on July 22. The CECC reported that a cumulative total of 79,951 cases related to COVID-19 have been reported among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 78,965. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 455 cases. Of 455 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 364 are imported and 55 are indigenous while 36 are naval crew members aboard the Panshi fast combat support ship. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 440 patients have been released from isolation, with the other 8 patients remaining hospitalized in isolation.
2020-07-23 Centers for Disease Control
On July 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that international patients may, except for non-urgent medical care needs including health checkups, and aesthetic medicine, provide relevant documents to medical institutions to apply for receiving medical care in Taiwan starting from August 1. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (the MOHW) will make the final decision on applications after reviewing the necessity, continuity, and risk of the treatment for applicants, in a bid to ensure foreign nationals can receive medical care in Taiwan.
2020-07-22 Ministry of Culture
Some 2 million people whose identification numbers or foreign spouse resident visa numbers ended with a 0, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, or 9 have won the “Arts FUN Go” electronic cultural vouchers, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) announced after a live-streamed draw held on July 21.
2020-07-21 Ministy of Economic Affairs
The 2020 U.S.-Taiwan Cybersecurity Forum was held in Taipei City on July 17, with cybersecurity experts from government and industry of the two sides taking part to share their insights on the latest trends and developments in this growing sector.
2020-07-21 Ministry of Finance
The National Taxation Bureau of Taipei, Ministry of Finance (hereinafter referred to as the NTBT) stated that to promote the policy of developing the R.O.C. into a bilingual Nation, bilingual toll-free phone service (0800-000-321) for tax consultancy is available from July 1st, 2020. The service includes national and local taxesconsultant in Mandarin and English.
2020-07-20 Bureau of Consular Affairs
Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced the first automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21, the second on April 17, the third on May 18, and the fourth on June 15.
2020-07-20 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 15 July, Taiwan and the European Union (EU) held their 3rd annual Human Rights Consultations via video conference, in a friendly, open and constructive atmosphere.