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Friday, January 29, 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$1.34 billion in orders worldwide in December 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99, according to the December EMDS Book-to-Bill Report, published today by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
Passenger volume last year at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, reached 38.47 million, an all-time high and representing a 7.45 percent annual growth, the Taoyuan International Airport Corp. (TIAC) said Thursday.
The Philippine economy grew 5.8 percent in 2015, short of even lowered government expectations.
Malaysia on Thursday cut its 2016 growth forecast and slashed spending plans as the economy reels from the slump in oil prices, dealing a new setback to embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Malaysia to pull in more shoppers from Brunei to promote tourism
Tourism Malaysia is working with travel agents and tourism associations in Brunei to promote Malaysia as a top destination for shoppers.
Five days after the ceremony to celebrate the ground-breaking of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway project, the government has changed its mind, saying that construction cannot proceed as a result of unresolved issues and incomplete paperwork.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) opened an office Wednesday as a platform to strengthen communications as part of Taiwan's efforts to participate in the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership trade bloc.
Taipei is slated to raise water prices by an average of 28 percent beginning on March 1, but the hike will not affect more than half of the water users in the city, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
NCC conditionally OKs Far EasTone-CNS deal
The National Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday granted conditional approval to Far Eastern Telecommunications' (Far EasTone, 遠傳電信) plan to invest in China Network Systems (CNS, 中嘉) via corporate bonds worth up to NT$17.12 billion.
Shares in Taiwan closed higher Wednesday, but gains were eroded to some extent since losses on the mainland China market prompted many investors to think about further volatility in the global markets, dealers said.
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