Chiayi hosts job fair
Seventy employers offered 4,086 job openings at a jobs fair in Chiayi City yesterday in industries ranging from tourism, medical care, biotechnology and manufacturing to the service sector. The fair, which was jointly organized by the Council of Labor Affairs’ Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training and Chiayi City Government, was the biggest ever held in the city, a local government official said. Council of Labor Affairs Minister Jennifer Wang (王如玄) said at the fair that with the economy recovering after the 2008 global financial meltdown, the country’s jobless rate fell from a peak of 6.13 percent in August 2009 to 4.35 percent in June, while the number of people in work increased by 240,000 in the same period.
Casino plans slammed
Taiwan will not benefit from a plan to open casinos if it fails to attract investment from international operators, Council for Economic Planning and Development Deputy Minister San Gee (單驥) said. Having held talks with casino operators in other countries, San said few expressed any interest in opening casinos on Taiwan’s outlying islands, believing the cost would outweigh any potential benefit. Unlike Singapore, where casino visitors can also go sightseeing and shopping, Taiwan is offering nothing but space for the establishment of big casinos, San said. If the government is serious about developing casinos, it needs to make major investments on improving transportation links and building additional facilities to attract international gamblers, he said.
Investment deal possible
Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) has expressed new hope that Taiwan and China will sign an investment protection agreement soon, according to a statement issued by the office of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰). Hu made the remarks during a meeting with Lien in Shenzhen on Friday on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of this year’s Universiade. During the meeting, Lien and Hu stressed the importance of peace as a foundation for sustainable development in both countries, the statement said, adding both men agreed that only peace could guarantee stability and prosperity. Lien discussed Taiwan’s concerns about progress in cross-strait negotiations on cooperation in the fields of nuclear safety and investment protection. In response, Hu, who met Lien in his capacity as Chinese Communist Party general-secretary, reaffirmed China’s desire to step up cooperation in both fields.
TransAsia resumes flights
TransAsia Airways announced on Friday it would resume charter flights to Akita in northeastern Japan from Sept. 8. The announcement makes TransAsia the first Taiwanese commercial airline to resume services after the area was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March. Many airlines canceled their services after the disasters and have not yet restarted them. TransAsia’s charter flights to Hanamaki, Aomori, Niigata and Fukushima will also resume later this year. To celebrate the resumption of the service, the company is teaming up with travel agencies to launch a four-to-five day promotional tour, with the lowest package price at NT$19,900. TransAsia began its charter flight service to Japan in 2008. There were nearly 500 chartered flights in 2009, and more than 1,000 last year. Flights to northeastern Japan grew from 80 in 2009 to almost 100 last year.