(Central News Agency reporter Chen Yuting, Taipei, 8th) Executive President Chen Jianren said today that small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Taiwan’s industrial structure and the cornerstone of Taiwan’s steady economic development. He hopes that in addition to the government’s efforts to promote it, companies can also respond to the net-zero emission policy. Let Taiwan get better and better.
Today, Chen Jianren, accompanied by Vice Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council Ruan Zhaoxiong, Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Yang Zhiqing and others, met with the winning companies of the 32nd National Rock Award and the 25th Overseas Taiwanese Businessman Rock Award.
Chen Wanlai, Vice Chairman of the National Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, said in his speech that the Panshi Award has entered its 32nd session and a total of 340 outstanding small and medium-sized enterprises have been selected, 45% of which have been listed on the OTC market. A total of 149 companies have been selected for the Overseas Taiwanese Business Panshi Award. These companies pursue excellence and constantly challenge themselves, embodying the hard-necked spirit of Taiwanese people.
Chen Wanlai pointed out that the winning companies this time are very responsive to ESG (environmental, social, corporate governance) policies and will be able to help the country move towards the 2050 net-zero emission goal and continue to serve as the best bridge between the government and industry. He also encouraged companies to exchange industrial information with each other and expand intelligence connections at home and abroad.
Chen Wanlai mentioned that he was grateful to the Executive Yuan for launching many guidance measures despite the rapidly changing economic situation, including financial accommodation, technology research and development, export promotion and entrepreneurship cultivation, etc., which have benefited enterprises a lot. He hoped that the two sides would work together in the future to contribute to Taiwan’s economic development. We will work tirelessly to allow Taiwan to play a more important role in the international community.
Chen Jianren said that small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Taiwan’s industrial structure, with more than 1.63 million in total, contributing more than 80% of employment opportunities and more than 50% of sales. Their vitality and flexibility have amazed the world. He would like to thank these enterprises for their support. For your contribution to the country’s economic development, “It’s great to have you. Only then will Taiwan’s economy have the foundation for steady development.”
Chen Jianren pointed out that due to the joint efforts of enterprises and the people, Taiwan’s economy still grew against the trend during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, and was ranked sixth in the world’s competitiveness rankings by the Lausanne Institute of Management (IMD) in Switzerland. It ranks first among economies with more than 20 million people.
Chen Jianren mentioned that the government needs everyone to work together. In addition to encouraging Taiwanese businessmen to invest in Taiwan, it will also continue to expand new southbound trade. It will also promote the signing of trade agreements with the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and strive to avoid bilateral taxation and join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement (CPTPP) allows the world to see that Taiwan can engage in international trade with high standards.
Regarding net-zero emissions, Chen Jianren explained that the government began to strengthen the development of green energy in 2016. By last year, power generation had reached 10%, surpassing nuclear energy. Air pollution has also dropped significantly after coal-fired units were converted to gas. In the future, it will continue to be sustainable. Moving forward towards the goal depends on the response of enterprises and working together to make Taiwan better and better. (Editor: Zhang Ruoyao) 1121108