Na­tion aims to sharply in­crease per capita pro­duc­tiv­ity

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Vice Eco­nomics Min­is­ter Shen Jong- chin said Thurs­day that the gov­ern­ment is tar­get­ing a 60 per­cent growth of the per capita pro­duc­tiv­ity of Tai­wan’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries by 2024.

There is an ur­gent need to up­grade Tai­wan’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, and this will be done by im­ple­ment­ing a “Pro­duc­tiv­ity 4.0” project, Shen said at a science and tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ment strate­gic con­fer­ence hosted by the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan.

He said the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic plan­ners are fo­cus­ing on com­put­ers, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sumer elec­tron­ics, ma­chine tools, metal pro­cess­ing, food pro­cess­ing, health­care, lo­gis­tics, and agri­cul­ture in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “Pro­duc­tiv­ity 4.0” project.

The aim is to have man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries at­tain per capita pro­duc­tiv­ity of NT$ 10 mil­lion (US$323,500) by 2024, a 60 per­cent in­crease from the cur­rent level, Shen said at the con­fer­ence, which was ti­tled “Pro­duc­tiv­ity 4.0.”

The com­mer­cial sec­tor is ex­pected to at­tain per capita pro­duc­tiv­ity growth of 40 per­cent by 2024, which will amount to NT$2.3 mil­lion, while the tar­get for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor is 40 per­cent growth, bring­ing its per capita pro­duc­tiv­ity to NT$2 mil- lion, Shen said.

Mod­eled on the “in­dus­trie 4.0” con­cept in Ger­many and the au­to­matic man­u­fac­tur­ing process (AMP) in the United States, the Cabi­net’s “Pro­duc­tiv­ity 4.0” project aims to es­tab­lish an industrial in­for­ma­tion sys­tem that will com­bine the tech­nolo­gies of in­ter­net of things (IoT) and mass data­base to help in­dus­tries make pro­duc­tion fore­casts, achieve zero de­fi­ciency, and im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

At Thurs­day’s con­fer­ence, Vice Pre­mier Chang Shan-cheng raised the is­sue of la­bor short­age in Tai­wan’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, a prob­lem that he said can be solved though the “Pro­duc­tiv­ity 4.0” project.

He also said that in­dus­tries should place equal em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing busi­ness mod­els as on tech­no­log­i­cal re­search, and sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment pro­vide as­sis­tance to the in­dus­tries in this re­gard.

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