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Monday, January 19, 2009

TAIPEI, Jan 18: Taiwan started handing out shopping vouchers to each of the island’s residents on Sunday, as part of a 2.5-billion-dollar scheme aimed at boosting its flagging economy.Every one of the island’s 22.7 million citizens is entitled to the coupons, worth 3,600 Taiwan dollars (107 US) per person, regardless of age, and they can be spent on goods ranging from food and clothing to electronic appliances.Government employees began distributing them at more than 14,000 locations island-wide early in the morning.Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said the scheme would give people extra spending power ahead of the Lunar New Year on January 26, and encouraged them to go out and shop.


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