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Major Taiwan Infrastructure Projects

In an effort to stabilize Taiwan’s economic growth, the Taiwan authorities created the “Special Act for Expanding Investment in Public Works to Revitalize the Economy” program. This program utilizes vouchers for immediate benefit to the consumers. In addition, Taiwan created a four-year plan (2009 to 2012) to improve public works to create long-term economic revitalization worth $500 billion New Taiwan Dollars (NT$). The Special Act has six main target projects:

No.

Major Project

No. of Sub- Projects

Budget for 2009, in Million US$

1

Completing a fast and convenient transportation network

18

725

2

Building a safe and disaster-free environment

8

970

3

Raising the quality of cultural and living environment

20

1,500

4

Strengthening national competitiveness infrastructure

13

530

5

Improving transportation facilities of offshore islands

3

20

6

Fostering prime R&D manpower and helping stabilize schooling and employment

2

910

Within these six projects, there are 64 sub-projects which include everything from creating bicycle trails to the development of offshore island facilities. All of these projects are being coordinated by entities covered under its GPA commitments including the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Taiwan is also engaged in i-Taiwan 12 Projects. This is an eight-year (2008 to 2016) infrastructure project worth over $130 billion NT$. The i-Taiwan 12 Projects include the expansion of existing science parks, building new ones, and revitalizing the nation’s many industrial parks; creation of more and better organized free-trade, value-added industrial zones and trans-shipment centers; and more synergistic clustering of related enterprises.