US firms to invest US$200m
Seven US companies are expected to make new investments totaling more than US$200 million in Taiwan over the next three years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. A delegation led by Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Bill Cho (卓士昭) that is visiting the US until Monday is expected to sign the letters of investment intent with the seven companies, the ministry said. They include IC designer and maker Smart Modular Technologies, game developer Green Throttle, computer storage and data management firm NetApp, engineering design company De Amertek Corp and accessories retailer Claire’s. The other two, unidentified companies are a supplier of flat-panel and IC materials and a manufacturer of parts and components, the ministry said.
HTC to gift 100,000 tablets
HTC Corp (宏達電) chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) on Thursday announced an initiative at a World Bank roundtable to donate 100,000 HTC tablets to young women in Asia-Pacific countries in a bid to empower them to define a greater role for themselves. Tablets are a very powerful learning platform that emphasize science and technology, Wang said at the discussion on the Equal Futures Partnership, which is dedicated to promoting women’s rights. The Taiwanese smartphone maker was the only Asian private business invited to attend the forum sponsored by the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington.