Acer founder looks forward to Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation mission


Acer Group founder Stan Shih said yesterday he will use his influence within the information technology (IT) industry worldwide to promote the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) project when he participates in an APEC leadership meeting on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian. The tycoon made the pledge a day after Chen announced that he had named Shih as his special envoy to the 2007 APEC summit, slated for Sept. 8-9 in Sydney, Australia.

Shih said he feels a sense of great responsibility about the job and expressed hope that through the summit he can share his longstanding IT experience and resources with other member states in order to contribute to Taiwan and the international community.

As for what will be his main mission, Shih said concrete plans will be unveiled after he exchanges views with Chen, although he said he will be proactive on issues related to the digital divide and will seek to forge economic and trade relations with other member states.

He also noted that Taiwan’s edge in hardware production has been instrumental in the implementation of the ADOC project, adding that Taiwan needs to further integrate the efforts and resources of the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Shih is recognized for having built his company into one of Taiwan’s internationally recognized computer brand names.