Thursday, March 13, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that Taiwan is far behind South Korea and Singapore in the signing of free trade agreements, but by completing the cross-strait trade in services and goods agreements, Taiwan can get much closer to catching up, given that mainland China is Taiwan's largest trading partner.
National Development Council Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) said yesterday that Taiwan's GDP (PPP) per capita is higher than that of Japan and South Korea.
Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗) stated that 2 percent of revenues collected from the business tax on financial services will be allocated towards a specialized contingency fund designed to mitigate the impact to Taiwan's banking sector in the event of catastrophic international financial crisis, during a Legislative Yuan session yesterday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said that the number of R.O.C. passports reported stolen or lost has continued to drop over the past few years with the introduction of e-passports.
In response to rising consumer prices, Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團) plans to give a raise to its employees in April, the company's vice chairman Dai Cheng-wu (戴正吳) said yesterday.
Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗), chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), said Wednesday there are signs that investor funds are moving out of the property market into equity markets.
Temperatures in northern areas of Taiwan and the offshore counties are expected to drop significantly Thursday as a strong cold air mass approaches, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday that it arrested a suspect surnamed Hung over allegations that he ran a secret cannabis factory in an old house in Keelung City.
Opera-pop singing group Il Divo was greeted by excited fans at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Wednesday as the four-man group arrived for a performance at Taipei Arena later in the day.