Forward-looking‧Professional‧International 
January 2010  
TIER:service sector survey continues its upward trend
While manufacturing sector fell victim to cyclical factors
Taiwan’s export market has recovered in November. On YoY terms, exports in November went up by 19.4%, or USD 20.02 billions, a new high over the past 13 months. Import figures for November reflected the increase in export demands and saw a new 14 months high. Total imports for November saw a 17.9% increase year-on-year, with a trade surplus of USD 2.11 billions. The surges in imports were mainly due to the increase in capital equipments, which saw a 58 month high, or a YoY growth of over 35% ...Read more
Taiwan moves up in the 2010 Economic Freedom Index
On January 20th the 2010 Economic Freedom Index released by the Heritage Foundation and the US-based Wall Street Journal shows Taiwan has improved its rankings in economic freedom over the last year. This year’s report placed Taiwan the 27th in the world, up eight places from past year’s standing. Areas with improved rankings include trade freedom, commercial freedom, currency freedom, and government expenditure. The country was given an overall score of 70.4 while Hong Kong placed first in the rankings with a score of 89.7, followed by Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Taiwan’s 2009 export order value records a year-on-year decline of 8.33%
Statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) shows that Taiwan’s export order value in 2009 amounted to US$322.4 billion, recording a year-on-year decline of 8.13%. Huang Chi-shih, director of MOEA’s department of statistics, pointed out that Taiwan, like other economies, was seriously hit by the global financial turmoil, and registered a record decline of 41.7% in export orders in January 2009. Thanks to a gradual recovery of export markets in the second half of the year, however, the export order shrinkage was limited to 8.33% that was much lower than expected.

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