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Global Recognition for Taiwan’s Digital Initiatives

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The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has unveiled its highly anticipated 2023 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (DCR), showcasing Taiwan’s exceptional rise to the 9th position globally. This marks a notable climb of two places compared to the previous year, underscoring the nation’s expertise in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Taiwan has not only secured a top-ten position but also emerged as the global leader in five key indicators:

  • Total R&D personnel per capita;
  • IT & media stock market capitalisation;
  • Mobile broadband subscribers;
  • Agility of companies; and
  • Use of big data and analytics.

These distinctions validate Taiwan’s significant contributions to research and development, information technology, corporate agility, and advanced analytics on the global stage. The IMD assessment evaluates countries across three crucial dimensions – Knowledge, Technology, and Future Readiness – comprising 54 indicators.

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Taiwan ranks 18th globally in the “Knowledge” dimension, demonstrating its capacity to embrace new technologies. Key highlights include securing the top global position in “Total R&D personnel per capita” and notable rankings in “Higher education achievement” and “Total expenditure on R&D (%).”

In the “Technology” dimension, Taiwan has made substantial progress, securing the 3rd global position. The nation maintains leadership in critical areas such as “IT & media stock market capitalisation” and “Mobile broadband subscribers,” showcasing advancements in “Investment in Telecommunications,” “Communication Technology,” “Wireless Broadband,” and “Internet bandwidth speed.”

Taiwan’s competence in digital transformation is evident in the “Future Readiness” dimension, where it secures the 7th global position. Particularly, Taiwan leads in “Agility of companies” and “Use of big data and analytics,” highlighting the nation’s adaptability and strategic use of technology.

Acknowledging the report, the Ministry of Digital Affairs (moda) expressed its commitment to leveraging the insights for future initiatives. Focused on developing the digital economy, enhancing cybersecurity measures, and fostering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), the government aims to further bolster Taiwan’s standing as a global digital leader.

According to moda, Taiwan’s exceptional performance in the 2023 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Rankings not only solidifies its position as a global digital frontrunner but also reflects the nation’s commitment to continuous innovation and preparedness in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Additionally, in a landmark move towards bolstering digital trust and countering fraud, moda unveiled the “111 Government Exclusive Short Code SMS Platform.” President Tsai Ing-wen personally announced the platform’s launch, showcasing its capabilities by sending live demonstrations to media attendees.

Rooted in the concept of digital trust technology, the platform aims to deliver authentic information directly from the source, enhancing efforts to combat fraudulent activities. Minister Audrey Tang emphasised that the Executive Yuan’s approval of short code 111 enables moda to establish a government-exclusive SMS platform, ensuring that only government agencies using this platform can utilise the 111 short code.

This ensures a unified, trusted channel for government SMS communication, protecting the public from counterfeit messages issued by fraudulent entities. The platform is now open for more central and local government agencies to join the trial, solidifying the government’s commitment to trustworthy communication.

The moda’s integration of the 111 short code SMS platform with the government-specific short URL service (https://url.gov.tw/) fortifies the authenticity of government messages, preventing fraud at its source. This holistic approach aligns with the moda’s broader efforts to promote digital trust technology, fostering a secure and reliable digital environment for the public.

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