BBC 的台灣消費券新聞(Taiwan Urged to Run to The Tills)

消費券受到全球矚目,這次政府寄望刺激消費之餘,還順便抓到一堆通緝犯,又在世界媒體上打了免費廣告。

Taiwan has been handing out shopping vouchers to all its citizens in a bid to stimulate the island’s economy and shrug off the global downturn.

台灣發放消費券給所有公民,冀能刺激經濟對抗全球不景氣。

Some 22.7 million people, regardless of age, are eligible for vouchers worth $107 to spend on a wide range of goods.

兩千兩百七十多萬人,不論年紀都可以領到大約美金107元。

People queued at distribution points around the country to get their vouchers on Sunday.

全國人民週日在發放點排隊領取。

The initiative, set to cost the government $2.53bn, is based on a similar scheme in Japan in 1999.

這項類似1999年日本實施過的措施將花費政府25億美金。

Taiwan is suffering in the global downturn, hit by plunging exports and rising unemployment.

台灣現正遭逢全球不景氣,面臨出口大減與失業率暴增的問題。

Supporters say the scheme will give the island’s ailing economy a shot in the arm. Vouchers must be spent by the end of September.

支持者認為這項方案可以有效對抗不景氣,而消費券必須在九月底之前使用完畢。

But critics have labelled the move a waste of money and point out that the government is having to borrow money to finance it.

但批評者認為這是平白浪費錢,並將債留子孫。

來源:BBC NEWS

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