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Woody Duh named Minister of Economic Affairs
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-10 08:07 PM
Only hours after confirming that the resignation of Minister of Economics Chang Chia-juch had been accepted, the Executive Yuan issued a press release Sunday announcing that the post will be taken over by Woody Duh. Duh had originally offered his own resignation as Deputy Minister but took on the post as acting minister last Thursday.

The Executive Yuan announcement noted that Duh rose through the ranks in the MOEA and offers rich experience in handling the economic affairs of the nation. He is familiar with coordination and communication efforts between the ministry and other agencies in the government and with business and industry leaders. He has shown an outstanding capability in strengthening guidance mechanisms for SMEs and traditional industries and has been deeply involved in the promotion of industrial restructuring and innovation. He was a lead negotiator in developing the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and is very familiar with current economic policy.

Duh received his bachelor’s MA and PhD degrees from the Engineering Section of the Department of Forestry at National Taiwan University and did postdoctoral research with the American Institute of Environmental Resources Engineering at New York State University. He began his service with the MOEA as a Technical Specialist in the Bureau of Standards and has worked as the head of the Fifth Group of the Executive Yuan, Deputy Director of the SME Office, Secretary-General of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, head of the Commercial Office and Technical Section, Director of the Industrial Development Bureau, Director of the Department of Industrial Technology, Vice-minister of Economic Affairs and acting Minister of Economic Affairs.

Duh brings expertise in industrial policy planning, industrial R&D and management, as well as experience in cross-strait and international economic and trade cooperation. He was named an exemplary public servant by the MOEA in 2002 and was included in Commonwealth Magazine’s list of New-generation world leaders in 2004. In 2011 he was awarded the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Regional Contribution Award, and he was inducted into the Academy of Science Management in 2013.

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