Forward-looking‧Professional‧International 
December 2009  
TIER:real sector recovery continues
Amid confidence dip in the latest business survey
The improving global economy has helped to fuel Taiwan’s external sector recovery. October saw the highest export figure since Q3 2008 and the sequential improvements continued. However, data did not buck the trend on year-on-year basis. October exports totalled USD 19.82 billion or 4.7% decline year-on-year, a 14 consecutive months contraction. Import figures for October reflected the fall in export demands despite the increase in petroleum and machinery imported. Total import for October saw a 6.7% imports fell year-on-year, with a trade surplus of USD 3.23 billions ...Read more
Cross-strait cooperation
On December 22, 2009, Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-Kung and his Chinese counterpart Chen Yunlin, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), formally signed three agreements on fishing cooperation, agricultural quarantine inspection, and industrial product standards, inspection and certification. These three agreements signified the completion of the fourth round of cross-strait talks resumed after President Ma Ying-Jeou took office in May 2008.

The ongoing ECFA
Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-Shiang said at a seminar held on December 27, 2009, that the proposed cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement will not follow the CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) model, and the round of negotiation will be highly open and transparent. Shih also promised that the government will not put the agreement into practice before gaining approval from the Legislative Yuan.

2009.11.5 TIER released its latest GDP forecast on November 5th
2009.11.10 APEC 20th Anniversary High-Level Symposium
2009.10.9-10 PECC Conference on "Economic Crisis and Recovery"
Taiwan Economic Research Monthly
Future outlook on agricultural technology
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An analysis on innovative agricultural technology development
Application of socio-economic necessity analysis in agricultural technology
Mapping out Taiwan’s agricultural future through contextual analysis
Technology innovation in England’s agricultural policy system
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