Canadian pact signed
Taiwan’s main trade promotion body signed a memorandum of understanding with its counterpart in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) yesterday to promote bilateral trade, education and tourism exchanges. Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) president and CEO Peter Huang (黃文榮) and Innovation PEI CEO Cheryl Paynter signed the agreement at a ceremony in Taipei. The signing ceremony was witnessed by TAITRA Chairman Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) and PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, marking the first time a Canadian premier has visited Taiwan since 1993. Innovation PEI focuses on accelerating economic development in Prince Edward Island and is committed to fostering strategic partnerships with industry, academia and other government agencies.
Dengue hits 31 in south
Southern Taiwan has reported 31 cases of dengue fever so far this year, nearly half of which have been local infections, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. Of the 14 domestic cases confirmed since Jan. 1, 10 were reported in Pingtung County, which reported no cases at the same time last year, according to the centers. Three cases were found in Greater Tainan and one in Greater Kaohsiung. The 17 imported cases mainly involved Taiwanese who were infected while traveling in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia, CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said. Dengue fever outbreaks happen mainly during the summer and domestic cases are unusual during the winter months, Chou said. The cases reported in Pingtung and neighboring areas could have been caused by mosquitoes that have been taking refuge in the warmth of people’s homes, he said.