The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) said yesterday that it is planning to sponsor a pig exposition in 2007. \nThe nation's top economic policy planner said the event could be linked to a national exposition. The CEPD's initial estimates show the pig expo would cost about NT$360 million (US$10.68 million), which would make it the largest expo of its type in years. \nThe Animal Technology Institute, which proposed the idea to the CEPD, said that before the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 1997, the country had 15 million pigs. In the wake of the disease, the number of pigs dropped to around 8 million. \nInstitute officials said pork is the main source of animal protein for local people, citing statistics to show that Taiwanese consume 40 kg of pork -- about half a pig -- per person per year, compared with only 3.5 kg of beef. \nBecause of people's love of pork, local technology for raising pigs is world-class, the officials said. \nAccording to the preliminary plan, the 2007 pig expo will include such activities as a photo exhibition of pigs of the world, as well as delicious local and international pork dishes. \nThere will also be a pig Olympics, in which different species of pigs will be gathered in an arena for competitions. An attempt by 10,000 people producing sausages to gain a niche in the Guinness Book of World Records is also being planned, the officials said.
STEPPING UP: The firm has also asked employees to work in split shifts from this week and to halt all but essential overseas business travel from next month Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) has implemented a remote work policy for employees not on production lines in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, the world’s largest contract chipmaker said yesterday. This is the first time in the Hsinchu-based company’s history that it has launched a large-scale remote work policy, joining global technology companies, such as Apple Inc and Google, that encourage employees to work from home. The chipmaker has also asked employees to work in split shifts from this week, it said. As the number of virus infections continues to climb worldwide, TSMC has urged employees to halt unnecessary
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DBS Bank Ltd yesterday hacked its GDP growth forecast for Taiwan this year to 0.9 percent, down from its estimate of 2.3 percent two months earlier, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing financial market volatility. The bank’s latest forecast was even lower than London-based IHS Markit Ltd’s estimate of 1 percent, while other research institutes’ projections range from 1.6 percent to 2.6 percent. Taiwan’s economic momentum is being negatively affected by the pandemic, DBS said. The rapid spread of the disease from Asia to Europe and the US has dampened the bank’s previous expectation of a “V-shaped” global rebound in the
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