Sketch of Public Policy Communion, July 2023
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The July Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2023 was held on July 16, 2023. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "In spite of the recent turbulence in international geopolitics, Taiwan remains a relatively safe environment. There is also a notable increase in international support for Taiwan, all with the shared goal of safeguarding Taiwan's security. Alongside the Taiwanese government's ongoing efforts to gain recognition on the international stage, we also advocate for everyone to contribute their concerted efforts from their respective fields and positions. On another note, the "The Equalization of Land Rights Act" implemented by the Ministry of the Interior came into effect on July 1st. Its primary purpose is to prevent speculative behavior and pave the way for a more reasonable and fair housing market, ultimately achieving the goal of housing justice. The government is also vigorously pursuing the goal of "Net Zero Emissions by 2050", including through mechanisms such as carbon pricing for corporations, promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction. Furthermore, every intern at Archilife holds immense potential; by participating in various activities, we hope to broaden their horizons and pass down the values of our organization to future generations."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Ms. Su Mei-ju presented a speech on the "Archaeological Sites and Cultural Preservation". The speaker first explained that archaeological sites are like "ID cards" of ancient populations, providing evidence of their existence. The distinctive markers on archaeological sites become crucial references for identifying different groups of people and their interactions. The speaker then introduced the archaeological sites in Taiwan through diagrams, explaining that the oldest archaeological site is the Baxian Cave in Taitung, which is about 30,000 years old and the first group of iron smelters in Taiwan's history is the Shisanhang archaeological site. The speaker further noted that archaeological sites are unique, they cannot be restored. Therefore, sacrificing an archaeological site for the sake of development will forever deprive us of the opportunity to understand and reconstruct the social patterns and lifestyles of ancient populations, which we hope will garner the attention of society.
Next, Mr. Li Hung-chien spoke on "Impact of Policies on the Housing Market". The speaker began the speech by stating that according to statistical data, urban land prices across Taiwan are steadily rising and the construction cost index is also continuously increasing, leading to a significant rise in construction costs. Taiwan's housing market exhibits a peculiar phenomenon whereby the more supply there is, the higher the prices climb. Even during economic downturns, housing prices continue to rise, resulting in an astonishingly high price-to-income ratio.Due to distorted and overly high housing prices, the government has introduced policies and tax reforms to achieve housing justice. Over the years, government housing market policies have included selective credit control measures by the Central Bank, reforms on property and land taxes by the Ministry of Finance, as well as measures such as the Actual Price Registration of Real Estate Transactions and the promulgation of the "Equalization of Land Rights Act" by the Ministry of the Interior. The speaker reminded the audience to evaluate the future development of the housing market from various perspectives and should also take into account the overall political and economic trends.
Next, Mr. Tsai Kun-hsien spoke on "Tracing Signs of COVID-19 through Wastewater Monitoring". The speaker mentioned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually slowing down, the possibility of future outbreaks of unknown diseases still remains a threat. Drawing lessons from the current pandemic, he emphasized that early detection of data in the environment can provide an early warning mechanism. As a result, countries worldwide have renewed their focus on wastewater-based epidemiology. The speaker presented examples of sewage investigations in other countries, which indicated that wastewater detection can play a role in pro-active deployment and preventing the spread of diseases. Through various detection methods, we can promptly glean the situation of virus transmission in the sampled area. Compared with the conventional outbreak investigations, wastewater-based epidemiology provides a set of scientific, rigorous and rapid means to grasp the dynamics of the source of infection in advance. It is hoped that it can be utilized in the future for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The July Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.