Cross-strait communications meeting to open Tue.


TAIPEI–A two-day annual meeting on fostering cooperation between Taiwan and mainland China in the communications industry is scheduled to be kicked off in Taichung on Aug. 27, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Saturday.

Duh Tyzz-jiun, deputy head of the MOEA, will preside over the meeting, which aims to facilitate development of the communications industries on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, to seize business opportunities in the growing global market.

Meeting participants from Taiwan and China will discuss development of the fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband networks, smart cities, and online payment systems.

In particular, analysts said, investors have kept a close eye on how Taiwan and China will work with each other in the 4G mobile broadband networks in their markets as both sides are planning to issue 4G licenses.

The MOEA said Liu Lihua, deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industrial and Information Technology (MIIT) will lead a delegation to Taiwan for the conference. It will be the first time for Liu to lead a Chinese delegation to attend such an annual meeting.

The Chinese delegation will include representatives from the MIIT and three major telecom operators — China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom, while executives from communications device manufacturers in China, such as ZTE Corp., Huawei Technologies Co. and Datang Telecom Technology Co., will also be present.

The MOEA said representatives from the country’s five major telecom operators — Chunghwa Telecom, Far Easton Telecommunications, Taiwan Mobile, Asia Pacific Telecom, and Vibo Telecom – will be among the Taiwanese delegates.

In addition, representatives from local communications products manufacturers, such as smartphone vendor HTC Corp., integrated circuit designer MediaTek Inc., Internet communications device supplier ZyXEL Communications Corp., wireless broadband product maker Gemtek Technology Co., and communications equipment producer Accton Technology Corp., will attend the meeting.

The MOEA said altogether, about 300 government officials, business leaders and industrial professionals are expected to participate in the annual conference.

Last year, the meeting was held in Beijing.