US, lo­cal of­fi­cials stress ICT at COM­PU­TEX

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY JOHN LIU

At the COM­PU­TEX Taipei 2015 open­ing cer­e­mony held yes­ter­day, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of Tai­wan and the U.S. stressed the im­por­tant role in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT) plays in the dig­i­tal econ­omy while af­firm­ing the two na­tions’ on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion in the field.

A wave of new tech­nolo­gies has emerged in the last cou­ple of years, ren­der­ing elec­tronic de­vices smarter and the In­ter­net of Things more uni­ver­sal as a re­sult, said Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Tung Tsu-hsien ( ) in his open­ing ad­dress.

The IT in­dus­try has brought Tai­wan closer with the rest of the world, and the an­nual COM­PU­TEX ex­hi­bi­tion is es­sen­tially “the win­dow of Tai­wan’s IT in­dus­try,” Tung said.

Fran­cis Liang ( ), chair­man of Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade Devel­op­ment Coun­cil, said the U.S. is a ma­jor mar­ket for Tai­wan’s ICT ex­ports, and that he looked for­ward to greater col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two coun­tries’ ICT in­dus­tries.

Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Af­fairs, also at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony. Tai­wan is com­mit­ted, ready, and well po­si­tioned to main­tain its re­gional and global in­flu­ence in the dig­i­tal econ­omy, Rivkin said.

Pledge of Co­op­er­a­tion

In recog­ni­tion of Tai­wan as an im­por­tant U.S. ally, the two coun­tries will hold the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Fo­rum later this year. It will be par­tic­i­pated in by the gov­ern­ment, academia and civic so­ci­eties.

The high-pro­file of­fi­cial pointed to the piv­otal role that tech­nol­ogy plays in our lives. “The dig­i­tal econ­omy is no longer just one part of the tra­di­tional econ­omy; it is the econ­omy.” It trans­forms the way we do ev­ery­thing, he said.

Vice Eco­nomics Min­is­ter Cho Shih- chao ( ) said in his open­ing ad­dress that Tai­wan and the U.S.’s col­lab­o­ra­tion on ICTre­lated re­search and devel­op­ment plays a crit­i­cal role on the world stage.

The rapid ad­vances in ICT, zero tar­iffs on ICT prod­ucts in ma­jor mar­kets around the world, as well as the wide ap­pli­ca­tion of the In­ter­net have fu­eled the dig­i­tal econ­omy’s devel­op­ment. It is re­flected in COM­PU­TEX’s grow­ing size and ever-chang­ing themes over the years, Cho said.

COM­PU­TEX Top Award Win­ners

Win­ners of two top hon­ors — the COM­PU­TEX Gold Awards and Best Choice Awards — were an­nounced yes­ter­day at the open­ing cer­e­mony. They were the top picks out of 271 en­tries from 118 coun­tries.

Win­ners of the Gold Awards were the Dell XPS 13’’ lap­top, smanos K1 SmartHome Kit, Dig­i­tal Sig­nage X, Alien­ware Area 51 gam­ing PC and X se­ries curved TV.

They were se­lected by judges for their su­pe­rior de­sign, crafts­man­ship and good er­gonomics, among other cri­te­ria, and will be dis­played at Taipei World Trade Cen­ter Nan­gang Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall (Booth No. IO407) dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Among the nine win­ners of the COM­PU­TEX Best Choice Award, the top prize — Best Choice of the Year — went to Acer’s Revo One. A home en­ter­tain­ment mini PC, Revo One has a stylish ap­pear­ance, a 4K2K HD screen and has six ter­abytes of stor­age ca­pac­ity. A smart­phone can serve as a re­mote con­trol for the PC.

Mor­gan Lin, The China Post

1. Vis­i­tors swarm COM­PU­TEX Taipei 2015 at the Taipei World Trade Cen­ter Nan­gang Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall, yes­ter­day. Up to 1,702 ex­hibitors are show­cas­ing their prod­ucts and ser­vices at 5,072 booths. Event spon­sors ex­pect that more than 38,000 peo­ple will visit the event, which runs through June 5. 2. From left to right, Vice Eco­nomics Min­is­ter Cho Shih-chao ( ), U.S. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Af­fairs Charles H. Rivkin, Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade Devel­op­ment Coun­cil Chair­man Fran­cis Liang ( ), Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou and Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Tung Tsu-hsien ( ), pose for a photo at the COM­PU­TEX Taipei open­ing cer­e­mony, yes­ter­day. 3. The booth of DayStar Elec­tric Tech­nol­ogy Co. is shown in this pic­ture taken at COM­PU­TEX Taipei 2015, yes­ter­day. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing dis­play pan­els, the com­pany is ac­tively pur­su­ing In­ter­net of Things tech­nol­ogy by con­nect­ing var­i­ous de­vices via Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth.

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