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Opening ceremony kick-starts COMPUTEX Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An opening ceremony yesterday marked the commencement of COMPUTX Taipei, the largest information and communication technology expo in Asia and the second largest in the world.

Notable speakers at the opening ceremony included Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch (張家祝), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 對外貿易發展協會) Chairman Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) and Taipei Computer Association President Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢), who is also the chairman of Pegatron Co. (和碩聯合).

US$25 Billion in Business Opportunities over 5-day Run

TAITRA Chairman Wang Chih-kang stated that this year's COMPUTEX Taipei is expected to draw over 130,000 international visitors while creating an estimated US$25 billion in business opportunities, facilitated through more than 1,000 procurement meetings between suppliers and about 130,000 buyers, representing a 20-percent portion of Taiwan's annual US$11 billion in technology sector exports. First-time exhibitors at this year's event include Panasonic and MediaTek, said Wang. Spanning across four venues, the number of exhibition halls this year grew by 27, reaching a record high 5,069. Now in its 34th run, COMPUTEX Taipei has risen to be one of the most important procurement platforms for the information and communication technolgy sector, said Wang. In response to the rising importance of telecom carriers as distributors of mobile devices, Wang stated that specialized procurement meeting sessions have been set up for representatives from large-scale overseas telecom carriers. In addition, working in collaboration with Ministry of Economic Affairs officials stationed abroad, TAITRA's Government Procurement Agreement initiative has garnered 25 government buyers from 16 countries seeking telecommunication, information technology, green energy and medical products. Wang added that mainland China's Bai Wei-min (白為民), known as the “queen of display panel procurement,” will be visiting COMPUTEX Taipei for the first time this year while attending a cross-strait industries collaboration conference. Bai is expected to visit a number of Taiwanese suppliers during her visit and bolster cross-strait collaborative endeavors. Other visiting heavyweight international buyers include Siemens, Toshiba, U.S.-based retail giant Best Buy, PC parts distributor MA Laboratories, Europe-based Arcelik, Middle East-based AB S.A., PIXMANIA of France, and China's Hisense Co. (海信團), JingDong.com (京東商城) and Baidu (百度).

During his address, Vice President Wu stated that Taiwan has attained a pivotal role in the global technologies sector, accounting for 67.2 percent of the world's output in the semiconductor and wafer foundry industries, while maintaining a leading edge in integrated circuit testing and assembly. “Our nation is abundant with youthful talent, and we strive to provide a fostering environment that may stimulate growth and usher in the next economic miracle,” Wu said. In addition, Wu commended the achievements made in the field of cloud computing since government policies aimed at backing the development of the technology began during his term as premier of the Executive Yuan. Wu also urged industries to continue their efforts and bring forth more applications utilizing cloud computing.

Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch stated that despite misgivings expressed by a number of enterprises facing the trend of market liberalization, he believes that Taiwanese competitors are well equipped to surmount challenges in the global information and communication technology sectors. “What we need is a global theater for Taiwanese products to shine,” said Chang.

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Vice President Wu Den-yih congratulates representatives from five companies whose product submissions were selected for the gold prize at this year's COMPUTEX d&i Awards. (Morgan Lin, The China Post)

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