The transportation minister, Ho Chen Tan, says Taiwan should develop its logistics sector to help promote the government’s New Southbound policy.
The policy is the Tsai administration’s strategy to forge closer ties with nations in South and Southeast Asia, as well as with New Zealand and Australia.
Ho Chen was speaking Thursday at the opening of the 2017 International Logistics Development Strategy Forum, held in Taoyuan. He said the logistics sector has seen significant changes in the last ten years and Taiwan faces strong competition from others nations, including China.
He said Taiwan should integrate resources in the sector to help promote the government’s New Southbound policy.
“Our focus today is on [developing the Taoyuan] aerotropolis, and explore the possibilities of connecting loading bays and different industries with our airports and harbors in different parts of Taiwan. The goal is to be able to transport shipments to a given area and to boost the development of local industries. In other words, there are plenty of opportunities waiting to be explored when we build ties with New Southbound target nations. I hope we can all make tangible progress in this market,” said Ho Chen.