Hung Hsiu-chu pledges to hike tech bud­get if elected

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Hung Hsiu-chu ( , the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT), said Satur­day that if she is elected in Jan­uary, she would in­crease fund­ing for re­search and de­vel­op­ment in the field of science and tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Ching-yen, chair­man of the the In­dus­trial Tech­nol­ogy Re­search In­sti­tute, Hung vis­ited the in­sti­tute in Hs­inchu and was briefed on some in­no­va­tions such as a fluid-driv­ing light­ing sys­tem, tac­ti­cal noz­zle lights for fire­fight­ers, an um­bri­wa­ter de­vice, or­ganic light-emit­ting diodes and the con­cept of smart build­ing based on the In­ter­net of Things (IoT).

She later told the press that she was im­pressed by the achieve­ments of the science and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts.

Huang noted that the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor has been a driv­ing force in Tai­wan’s econ­omy, con­tribut­ing 29.1 per­cent of the na­tion’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) and em­ploy­ing 30 per­cent of the work­force.

Stress­ing the im­por­tance of hitech in­dus­tries to the na­tion’s com­pet­i­tive­ness, Hung said that the gov­ern­ment should con­tinue to in­crease the bud­get for re­search and de­vel­op­ment in science and tech­nol­ogy, and pro­vide sub­si­dies to the in­dus­tries for that pur­pose.

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