3,500 Japanese buyers expected to attend

The China Post news staff

As part of its efforts to attract more Japanese buyers to Computex Taipei 2017, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), organizer of the annual event, held a press conference in Tokyo, April 19, publicizing the innovations of Taiwan’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry to Japanese news media and related sectors. Over the past three years, Japan has been the second-largest source of international buyers at Asia’s largest ICT trade show, inspiring TAITRA to further interactions with Japan’s media outlets in the hopes of stimulating more Japanese professionals to visit the show, set for May 30-June 3. This year, at least 3,500 Japanese buyers are expected to attend, TAITRA said in a press statement. Speaking at the Tokyo press conference, Walter Yeh (葉明水), president of TAITRA, said that Computex 2017 is positioned as a show for “building global technology ecosystems,” focusing on five major themes: AI & Robotics, internet of things applications, innovations and startups, business solutions and gaming & virtual reality (VR). Yeh said that in line with the latest ICT industry trends, Computex 2017 will launch four featured exhibition areas, SmarTEX, InnoVEX, Gaming & VR, and iStyle (for Apple MFi-certified products), with more than 1,600 domestic and international exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technologies associated with these themes. World Congress Coming to Taipei Yeh also took the opportunity to publicize the encouraging news that Taiwan will host the 21st World Congress on Information Technology Sept. 10-13 in Taipei, inviting Japanese news media to come to Taipei to cover the event and encouraging the Japanese people to travel to Taiwan and see the many things the island has to offer. The brand-new exhibits of Computex 2017 follow in line with the “Asian Silicon Valley”plan initiated by President Tsai Ing-wen, seeking to utilize Taiwan’s well-rounded ICT supply chains, R&D and manufacturing prowess to attract an influx of more advanced technologies, funds and talents from international partners to jointly build global high-tech ecosystems.

TAITRA and its Japanese counterpart JETRO are joining forces to help Taiwanese and Japanese companies cooperate in developing third-place markets. A total of some 25,000 Taiwanese enterprises operating in Southeast Asia are expected to become partners for Japanese firms in investing or developing sales in the region, TAITRA officials said.