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21 February 2010

Taiwanese IT firms mull investment in Philippines

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Taiwanese firms engaged in the information technology (IT) and electronics industries are looking at possible investments and tie-ups with IT companies based in the Philippines, an official of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) disclosed, reported local online daily the Business Mirror.

Meco trade and investments director Dita Angara-Mathay said Taiwanese firms which attended the 10th e-Services and Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition met with Philippine IT companies to explore partnership opportunities.

“The Taiwanese firms discussed their requirements with Filipino officials in the electronic commerce, IT and electronics and software-development fields. We are optimistic that Taiwan, the world’s technology leader, will seriously look at partnerships here that could mean more jobs and technology transfers in these cutting-edge industries,” said Angara-Mathay in a statement.

She said discussions included such ventures as the setting up of new call centers, tie-ups in marketing software and e-commerce programs, software development, animation, and the propagation of smart-card and other e-commerce technologies.

Angara-Mathay also revealed that the Department of Trade and Industry and Meco will be organizing an information and communications technology mission to Taiwan in the last quarter of 2010.

This is to promote the Philippines’ capability in enterprise application software, digital content development, customer-relations management, design and development in embedded systems, and semiconductor testing and assembly services.

Taiwanese firms that sent representatives to the 10th e-services conference include TECO Smart Card Division, the main contractor of Taiwan’s national health-insurance card, and Infomatics, an independent IT-management consultancy firm specialising in IT services and information-security management.

They met representatives from several Filipino firms including Global Gateway Information Exchange, Exist, Primesoft Philippines, Mannasoft Technologies, Davao Software Industry (represented by Segworks), Pointwest, Suspended Animation Media, Cheq Systems, Davao ICT, G2iX, Segworks Technology Corp., Jupiter Systems Inc., Netsuite, BlastAsia and  Bank of the Philippine Islands.


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