Taiwan to open national pavilion at CES 2018

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Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)/CNA file photo

Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) Taiwan will send a delegation to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas and open a national pavilion at the exhibition to demonstrate the country's tech capability to visitors from across the world, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Tuesday.

This will be the first time Taiwan has had a national pavilion at CES, which will be held from Jan. 9-12.

In the past, Taiwanese tech firms such as smartphone brand HTC Corp. and PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc. have attended the event. CES is one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world.

At a news conference, Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said Taiwan's delegation will be made up of 32 representatives from local start-up companies. In addition, Taiwan's national pavilion is expected to be third largest behind that of Holland and France.

Chen said the Taiwanese firms will compete with more than 4,000 exhibitors worldwide for the attention of visitors to the trade show.

According to the ministry, the 32 members of the Taiwan national pavilion will represent a wide range of technologies, including augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, wearable devices and the Internet of Things.

Chen said the pavilion is expected to boost the country's global visibility in the high tech world, while the 32 start-ups seeking out business opportunities.

The Taiwan delegation will make mutual visits to the Dutch and French pavilions and such exchanges are expected to help Taiwanese enterprises develop cooperative deals with their counterparts from the two foreign countries, he added.

Chen said the Taiwan attendees will also seek foreign partners who are willing to invest funds in the Taiwanese firms for future development.

In fact, some of the Taiwanese delegates are already well known in their area of expertise, Chen said. For example, BDMobile, a Taiwanese cardiovascular predict sensor developer, will demonstrate to potential buyers how its state of the art devices pin down the precise locations of clogs and vascular sclerosis in the blood vessels of a heart.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Frances Huang)
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