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Taiwan Quick Take

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■ InvestmentDelegation visits Panama

A Ministry of Economic Affairs delegation is visiting Panama to offer consulting services to Taiwanese businessmen who have made investments there. The delegation, composed of administration experts from the China Productivity Center and Ming Chuan University, hopes to assist businessmen abroad in reducing risks to their investments and in integrating the efforts of Taiwanese entrepreneurs. In a symposium Friday, delegation members spoke of key administration strategies designed for businessmen with investments in Panama and communicated the importance that the government places on businesses abroad. Prior to arriving in Panama, the delegation visited the Dominican Republic. It will head for Costa Rica next. The consulting services are part of the ministry's effort to offer various services to Taiwanese businessmen around the world, especially those investing in Southeast Asia and Central and South America.

■ Culture

Aboriginal band wows Paris

The Aboriginal band Amis, made up of musicians from Taiwan's indigenous Ami tribe, on Friday treated Paris audiences to an extraordinary night of exotic music. The band, playing handmade musical instruments, made their debut in Paris' popular park Jardin du Luxembourg as a warm-up for the Paris music festival Fete de la Musique to be held tomorrow. Wearing colorful traditional outfits, the members of the band played flutes, drums and xylophones. Among the traditional instruments a special kind of nose flute attracted much attention. The band's show reached a climax when the public joined the dancing, and after the show members of the audience peppered the band members with questions about where they came from and how they made and play the instruments.

■ Culture

Music festival in Chiayi

The Asian Musical Festival, an eight-day event sponsored by the Chiayi County Government to mark the summer solstice on June 21, began yesterday. The festival will present music groups from five Asian countries. Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) noted that Chiayi is located at the Tropic of Cancer, where the sun is directly overhead at noon on the day of the summer solstice. To observe the solstice, the county government organized the Asian Musical Festival so that local residents would not have to travel abroad to see excellent foreign musical groups perform, Chen said. In addition to foreign groups, the organizers also invited local folk and Aboriginal groups to open shows for the out-of-town acts.

■ Diplomacy

Canterbury tour

Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂), Taiwan's representative to Britain, paid a visit to Canterbury City in Kent County Friday at the invitation of Canterbury Mayor Martin Vye. Accompanied by Vye, Tien attended a preview of the city's biennial arts exhibition and visited several noted cultural sites in the city. Among the exhibits on display at the Canterbury biennial arts show is a piece created by Hsiao-ching Li (李小鏡), a Taiwan-born artist based in New York. The exhibition was to be formally opened yesterday for a 16-day run. After the tour of the exhibition, Vye hosted a luncheon in honor of Tien and several staff members of the Taiwan representative office in London.

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