Taiwan: Taiwan to introduce new technology aid projects to allies

Taiwan: Taiwan to introduce new technology aid projects to allies

Taiwan is planning to boost its information aid program by helping its allies improve their ability to establish electronic systems rather than simply donating equipment to them, an official said yesterday.

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) will make big changes to the information communication technology (ICT) projects in Taiwan's partner countries, said ICDF Secretary-General Tao Wen-lung.

"Just teaching people how to use computers or making one single purchase and sending them equipment is not an ICT project, " Tao noted at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry.

In the past, Taiwan has helped other countries set up systems or has given them IT equipment without training local government workers how to use it, Tao said.

Because of this, the ICDF found that it had to keep sending people to those countries to operate the equipment for them, which entailed unnecessary spending.

The ICDF plans to focus on "building ability, " using most of its budget to train local civil servants, Tao added.

As for the hardware, the ICDF is considering expecting the allies to buy their own equipment through loans, and helping Taiwanese manufacturers obtain the orders, Tao said.

The countries in which the new projects will be tested include Belize, Saint Vincent, Saint Christopher and Nevis, and Saint Lucia.

Updated : 2021-04-13 10:40 GMT+08:00