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Pegatron chairman expected to become new TCA president

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- On the eve of elections for the president of the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the market expects Pegatron Corp. (和碩聯合) Chairman Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢) to get the last laugh.

TCA is not only the organizer of Computex Taipei, the world's largest information and communication technology (ITC) exhibition, but also the largest ICT industry association in Taiwan.

Before standing down as Acer Group's (宏碁集團) chief executive officer (CEO) in January and chairman in June, TCA President J. T Wang (王振堂) will soon bow out as TCA president as the election commences on Thursday.

It is widely believed that Tung will be hailed as the new president of TCA, the Taiwan-based United Evening News cited sources as reporting.

A TCA member told local media earlier that it is not unfair to say that the 53-year-old Tung is quite young among Taiwan's ICT heavyweights, who are mostly in their sixties.

Word has been going around that the Honorary Chairman of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, 聯電) John Hsuan (宣明智) will perhaps run for the TCA presidency as well.

Tung was one of the founders of Asustek (華碩電腦), Taiwan's largest personal computer maker, and helped build up the Asus brand, but he left Asus to take over the OEM business that later became Pegatron.

On this past Monday, Wang shared his views on Taiwan's ICT industry future for the last time as TCA president.

As Taiwan is faced with smoldering economic development, breakthroughs rest on developing the island's smart hand-held device component industry, said JT Wang.

No Further Budget Cut for Taiwan's ICT Industry : Wang

Wang suggested a three-pronged approach that he thinks the government should take to abet the development of Taiwan's ICT industry.

First off, Wang said that it's about time that that government shifts into high gear on the expansion of its Free Economic Pilot Zones, adding that Taiwan should make the transition to a “free island” in a one-year period. The so-called “free island” is the equivalent of the status of Hong Kong and Singapore as “free ports,” a special customs area or a small customs territory with generally less strict regulations or no customs duties and/or controls for transshipment.

Secondly, despite the big flop in Taiwan of WiMAX technology, JT Wang said Taiwan garnered heaps of experience in its deployment. Taiwan should make the best use of those lessons in the build-up of Time-Division Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology.

Finally, Wang called on the Legislature not to trim down Taiwan's ICT development budget in 2014 since it will profoundly influence Taiwan's core technology competence in the future.

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