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COVID-19 triggers digital transformation in Taipei

The city grabs opportunities as the pandemic speeds up rise of digital economy

Taiwan plans to push 15 action plans for industries to go digital, supporting its smart city initiative. westerdodo/Shutterstock

According to Taiwan News, the city of Taipei released a “White Paper on the Policy of Digital Transformation of Industries in the Post-epidemic Era” to help the capital remain competitive post-COVID19.  

As stated by Mayor Ko Wen-je, the pandemic has induced a “new normal” lifestyle that demands constant adaptation to changes in life. The New Year’s Eve countdown, for instance, received a last-minute green light when all risks have been evaluated based on scientific evidence.  

During the peak of the pandemic, he said Taiwan failed to seize the opportunity of digital transformation that have been triggered worldwide, as the country largely focused on keeping the virus in check. However, the government must now facilitate the implementation of digital infrastructure for Taiwan to better manage the forthcoming challenges.  

As a result, Taiwan plans to push 15 action plans for industries to go digital, supporting its smart city initiative.  

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Based on the white paper, the plans are to be executed in five sectors, including digital infrastructure, digital talent nurturing, digital transformation assistance for businesses, the development of a stay-at-home economy, and contactless services.  

The initiative covers establishing a big data centre and 5G test field, promoting online entertainment, upgrading commercial districts, enhancing remote medical care, and encouraging digital payments.  

In the meantime, the Taipei government is considering issuing digital infrastructure bonds to make the digital vision come alive.  

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