Sun, Oct 19, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ Diplomacy
Salvadoran group arrives

The vice president of El Salvador's National Assembly, Jose Manuel Melgar, is to arrive in Taipei today for a five-day visit. Heading a 19-member parliamentarian delegation, Melgar will call on Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the office of Taiwan's International Cooperation and Development Fund, and the Central American Trade Office. The Salvadoran delegation is also scheduled to visit several economic and cultural establishments in Taiwan, including an agricultural research center in Taoyuan run by the Council of Agriculture, a vocational training center operated by the Taipei City Government, as well as the Taipei World Trade Center and the National Palace Museum.

■ Education

University leaders meet

The 2003 Southeast Asian University Presidents' Conference opened yesterday in Taipei. Over 100 university presidents from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Khmer, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan participate in the two-day meeting. The theme of the meeting is "globalized cooperation" in higher education. The participants have signed a joint statement, saying that they hope to have more opportunities to exchange professors and students, jointly sponsor international conferences, jointly carry out research programs, and exchange educational information and publications.. Kao Chiang(高強), president of the National Cheng Kung University which hosts the conference, said the two-day meeting is aimed at promoting the cooperation among Southeast Asian universities.

■ Trade

Protect IPR, Paal says

The de facto US ambassador to Taiwan said yesterday that Taiwan must further strengthen intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in order to attract more foreign investors and boost the development of knowledge-based economy. Douglas Paal, director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, made the remarks at an Asia-Pacific conference of the World Trade Law Association. Paal said effective IPR protection is critical to Taiwan's drive to develop a knowledge-based economy. Noting that direct foreign investments in Taiwan have declined significantly in the past two years, Paal said, Taiwan must cultivate a more "IPR-friendly" environment to enhance its appeal to foreign investors. Paal said the package of amendments to Taiwan's copyrights law, which was passed in June this year, were a compromise under pressure from some lawmakers. Paal said Taiwan must further amend its copyright law again to plug holes in its IPR protection mechanism.

■ Politics

Hsieh to attend forum

Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) will head a delegation to attend an annual Liberal International conference to be held in the West African state of Senegal next week, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday. Liberal International is a London-based organization that groups more than 80 liberal democratic parties in 63 countries around the world. The DPP formally joined the alliance last year. Hsieh, a member of the DPP's decision-making Central Standing Committee, will attend the meeting on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Several DPP politicians and Kaohsiung City Government officials, will accompany Hsieh.

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