Purpose of visit clarified
Thorsten Thomas, a partner account manager at Microsoft Corp Germany, said yesterday that he is not visiting Taiwan to buy tablet computers, but rather to match German original equipment manufacturers with Taiwanese original design manufacturers. Thomas’ remarks came after the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said last week that Thomas was to hold trade meetings with local suppliers yesterday to procure US$24 million worth of tablets. Lydia Chou (鄒慧玲), a manager at TAITRA, said her department did not fabricate any information because Thomas was seen as “a potential buyer” whose visit could lead to new orders from Taiwanese companies. “It’s just a matter of wording,” she told the Central News Agency, admitting that the previous statement “may not have been precise enough.”
Exchanges ink MOU
The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) and the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Taipei yesterday, as Vietnam is planning to establish a derivatives market. Vietnam has two stock exchanges — the HNX in the capital and one in Ho Chi Minh City — but does not have a market for derivatives. The TAIFEX, which was set up in 1997, has similar partnerships with 21 other exchanges around the world, according to its Web site.