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Taiwan offers helping hand to make Thailand Asian medical hub

Sep 20. 2019
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By Jirapan Boonnoon
The Nation

A joint Thailand-Taiwan Smart Healthcare Seminar and Trade Meeting is being held to work on making the Kingdom Asia’s medical hub.

The Thai government is implementing a 10-year plan to make the country Asia's medical hub and actively introducing smart medical-related products and solutions, which are in line with Taiwan’s industrial advantages. 

In order to promote cooperation between Thailand and Taiwan in the field of smart healthcare, the Thailand-Taiwan Smart Healthcare Seminar & Trade Meeting is being organised by the Bureau of Foreign Trade of Taiwan, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council in collaboration with the Federation of Thai Industries and Thai Medical Device Technology Industry Association. The aim is to introduce smart healthcare products and solutions from award-winning Taiwanese companies.

Jason Hsu, director of the economic division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, said that Taiwan's long-established strength in information and communications technology has consolidated Taiwan’s healthcare, and inspired medical health innovation. 

He said Thailand’s healthcare industry had high potential for growth and expected that the healthcare medical devices market in Thailand will grow at around 8-10 per cent per year. The Thai government also is strongly pushing Thailand as Asean Medical Hub and supporting the ageing society in Thailand.

Shao-Hui Lin, deputy executive director of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, stated that today’s Taiwanese companies represent the epitome of Taiwanese industrial advantage, because their products are selected through a rigorous selection process. 

The Taiwan Excellence Award selection was launched by the Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1993. More than 100 judges evaluate products in terms of R&D, design, quality, marketing, and made in Taiwan, every year. Only the top products that meet these criteria can be awarded “Taiwan Excellence”. 

Award-winning products can use the “Taiwan Excellence logo” to promote themselves, while making consumers and buyers know how to buy good products wisely by choosing the ones with the Taiwan Excellence logo, just like customers can choose best restaurants easily by choosing the ones awarded Michelin Star. Actually, these two awards share things in common: award winners are all selected by specialists in terms of five criteria, so are trustworthy, world-renowned and preferred by consumers, and all have a good brand image.

Subsequently, representatives from six Taiwanese leading companies including Hiwin Technologies Corp, Advantech Co Ltd, IEI Integration Corp, Mediland Enterprise Corporation, Imediplus Inc and Faspro Systems Co Ltd made presentations.

She said that last year, Thailand imported medical products and devices from Taiwan worth around US$8.6 billion.The council also expects the Thailand-Taiwan Smart Healthcare Seminar and Trade Meeting 2019 to create more cooperation and partnerships between Taiwanese and Thai businesses in the areas of smart healthcare and business matching to support and make Thailand a medical hub.

Cyrus Tong, associate general manager of Hiwin Technologies Corp, made a presentation on the topic “Intelligent Robotic Endoscope Surgery”. He said Hiwin’s robotic endoscope holder can improve endoscopic surgery efficiency because it provides a steady image, decreasing seasickness effect and avoiding eye fatigue, and its intuitive feet pedal is user-friendly.

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