Government receives over 4.7 million pre-orders for stimulus vouchers

07/04/2020 10:08 PM
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Taipei, July 4 (CNA) More than 4.7 million people in Taiwan have applied for the government-issued stimulus vouchers, since pre-ordering opened Wednesday, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Saturday.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, some 4.77 million people had placed pre-orders for the NT$3,000 vouchers, either online or at convenience stores, MOEA data showed.

Of that number, 3.66 million people had chosen the printed version of the vouchers, while the others had opted for digital versions, according to the ministry.

Among those choosing the digital options, 761,738 people had linked the vouchers to their credit cards, 238,260 to stored value cards, and 107,838 to some form of mobile payment, the ministry's data showed.

Under the NT$50 billion (US$1.69 billion) stimulus program, Taiwan citizens and foreign spouses of citizens can pay NT$1,000 to obtain the NT$3,000 vouchers, which can be used to purchase a wide range of goods and services.

The initial pre-ordering period will run through July 7, and the vouchers can be used with effect from July 15, as part of the government's plan to spur domestic consumption amid the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orders can be placed at convenience stores around Taiwan or on the website of the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) at https://3000.gov.tw/.

A second round of pre-ordering will be held Aug. 1-7.

(By Wu Po-wei and Ko Lin)

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