Computex 2003 rescheduled dates announced

Taiwan's Computex 2003 IT tradeshow will now take place from 22nd to 26th of Septemer, CETRA and TCA have announced

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 28, 2003

Computex, Taiwan’s flagship IT exhibition has been rescheduled for September 22-26th. The show, originally to have taken place at the start of June had been postponed due to fears that the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus would cause travel difficulties, hitting attendance.

Although Taiwan continues to report new SARS cases, the organisers of the show, the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) and the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), felt that it was important to hold the show later in the year rather than cancel it altogether. The organisers said they are now planning a massive publicity campaign for the event.

There are growing concerns over the impact of SARS on the Taiwanese economy. The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) has downgraded its GNP growth forecast by 0.63% to 3.05% as a result.

Taiwan is home to many of the PC components companies in the Far East, with a de facto dominance of the industry. As SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) continues to spread, many companies are suffering under travel restrictions and a reluctance among business people to attend meetings and other functions. Retail has also slowed down.

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