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Google chairman Schmidt to visit Taiwan this week

SCHMIDT-EN:The search engine’s former CEO is scheduled to deliver a speech on innovation and the IT industry and meet industry leaders

Staff Writer, with CNA

Google Inc chairman Eric Schmidt is scheduled to visit Taiwan for the first time on Wednesday to meet with local partners.

Schmidt will deliver a keynote address, titled “The Incredible Exploration,” on how the IT industry engages in innovation, according to a press release on Friday.

After the speech, the 56-year-old industry veteran, who stepped down as Google’s CEO in April this year, will also hold a panel discussion with Acer Inc (宏碁) founder Stan Shih (施振榮).

The Chinese-language Commercial Times reported that Schmidt would also call on several high-tech executives, such as HTC Corp (宏達電) chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), MediaTek Inc (聯發科) chairman Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介), Quanta Computer Inc (廣達) chairman Barry Lam (林百里) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) as well as Ministry of Economic Affairs officials.

Google announced on Sept. 28 that it planned to build a new data center in Taiwan.

The company will invest more than US$100 million (NT$3 billion) to acquire 15 hectares of land in Changhua County to build the data center, which should provide the search engine’s users in Taiwan and Asia with faster access to its services.

In May, Google said that it would build a research-and--development center in Taiwan for its Chrome operating system as part of its ongoing efforts to promote the emerging platform in business and educational markets.

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