CEPD stresses need for tech management
The chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development said yesterday that the government needs to better manage key technology outflow to China based on President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) "proactive management, effective opening" China investment policy laid out in his New Year's Day speech.
Hu Sheng-cheng (胡勝正), who will stay in his post despite a recent Cabinet reshuffle, made the remarks during a meeting with local reporters.
Pointing out that his No. 1 priority will be to prop up Taiwan's economy, Hu said the government has the obligation to draw up adequate policy to tackle China's magnet effect on Taiwan businesses.
At present, China absorbs 38 percent of Taiwan's overall exports, while as much as 70 percent of Taiwan's outbound investment goes to China, Hu said. These are signs that Taiwan's trade reliance on the Chinese market is heavy, and the government will respond with effective countermeasures, he said.
As the Year of the Dog draws near, part timers are becoming popular among travel agencies, restaurants, department stores and hypermarkets, an online human resources data bank reported yesterday.
According to the findings of the 104 job search Web site, a total of 23,044 part time jobs had been posted on the site - up by 23 percent year on year - with only one week left until the start of the January 29 Lunar New Year holiday, an executive said.
Opportunities offered by travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and the transport sector took the lead of nearly 38 percent, followed by 28 percent in sales jobs at hypermarkets or chainstores and 27 percent for administrative and accounting jobs, the 104 survey found.
In addition, the survey pointed out, KTV parlors and entertainment businesses also have a strong demand for extra part-time workers during the holiday period that will run through early February, with the Grand Hyatt Taipei offering NT$100 per hour for temporary accounting jobs.
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), traveling as the special envoy of President Chen Shui-bian, departed yesterday for Honduras to attend President-elect Manuel Zelaya's inauguration.
Wang's trip will first take him to Washington, D.C., where he will meet several U.S. officials and be interviewed by the Voice of America radio station as well as Chinese-language media.
Zelaya's inauguration is slated for January 27 in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Honduras is one of the Republic of China's diplomatic allies in Central America.
Wang will head a special delegation to deliver the R.O.C.'s congratulations to the new Honduran head of state.