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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TRADE SHOWS

Eight firms attend SAITEX

Eight Taiwanese companies took part in the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) earlier this week in Johannesburg, South Africa. In its 22nd year, the annual event brought together more than 1,000 exhibitors from 51 countries and drew more than 16,000 buyers. The products exhibited by the Taiwanese companies included tire manufacturing equipment, mobile power packs, adult and baby diapers, computer peripherals, knitting machines, uninterruptible power supplies, trolleys, platform trailers, tool cabinets, shoes and socks. Since the start of this year, South Africa has implemented strict electricity rationing measures, making various power supply products popular. Although this was the first year Taiwan had a presence at the exhibition, business was better than expected, delegation head Lee Wen-sheng (李文生) said.

CHARITY

Gaoshu raises funds for girl

A community in Pingtung County’s Gaoshu Township (高樹) on Friday announced it raised more than NT$100,000 (US$3,212) to help an Indonesian girl with cancer pay for her medical expenses and future plans. The Jiuliao Primary School third-grader surnamed Cheng (鄭) was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer. Cheng was born to a Taiwanese father and an Indonesian mother in Indonesia. She came to live with her grandparents in Pingtung three years ago. Cheng’s parents work in Indonesia and her grandmother is ethnic Indonesian. Since Cheng does not have a Taiwanese national identification card, she is not covered by the National Health Insurance system. Principal Hsieh Tien-te (謝天德) said people at the school hoped she would recover soon and return to school. Cheng’s grandmother has not decided if Cheng should return to Indonesia to be with her parents or stay in a hospital in Taiwan.

HOLIDAYS

Taipei observes Canada Day

Many Taiwanese and people from overseas showed up at Canada Day celebrations held in Taipei yesterday that featured Canadian culture and specialty foods, including beavertails, a traditional pastry. This was the first year in which visitors to the Taipei celebrations had a chance to taste beavertails — fried dough pastries made in the shape of a beaver’s tail — according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT), which organized the event. The celebrations were held at the Hakka Cultural Park in Taipei to mark Canada’s 148th birthday, which falls on Wednesday. Visitors to the event also had an opportunity to sample Canadian beef, a Quebec specialty called poutine, various brands of Canadian beer and Bloody Caesar cocktails, the CCCT said.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Mango festival begins

The month-long International Mango Festival began yesterday in Tainan. At one of the festival’s major venues, Tsou Ma Lai Farm (走馬瀨農場), people lined up for a cup of mango ice. Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) said at the festival that Tainan has about 6,580 hectares of mango farms, representing about 54 percent of the nation’s total. In terms of the area given over to mango cultivation and the volume produced, the municipality is the nation’s most important, Lai said. Thanks to plum rains, production has increased by 10 percent over the past year to reach 82,000 tonnes. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council said 33 large-scale overseas mango buyers over the past two years have created business opportunities worth US$3 million.

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