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  1. Canton Fair deals suggest bleak outlook for exports

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou Figures from the spring session of the Canton Fair, which closed yesterday, painted a gloomy picture of the mainland's export trade, with the value of deals down 16.9 per cent from the previous session, held in October last year. In the three phases of the country's oldest and biggest trade fair between April 15 and May 7, deals worth US$26.23 ...

  2. Value of contracts at Canton Fair drops 14.9pc in phase two

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou The Canton Fair- the mainland's oldest and biggest trade fair- is suffering from the global economic crisis, with the value of business deals signed in its ... but the value of deals signed slipped to US$7.07 billion. Separately, the Ministry of Commerce was unable to work out how many deals were signed in a trade-matching forum held last Saturday to help ...

  3. Activist sees little hope of advancing fair trade at WTO talks

    Posted Jun 15th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai An activist for poor nations says he is pessimistic about a breakthrough on fair trade when ministers meet in Hong Kong in December for a World Trade Organisation conference. Oxfam International's executive director, Jeremy Hobbs, said yesterday there should be no deal unless the European Union and the United States make a genuine effort to cut agricultural ...

  4. Plan for three 'model areas' to strengthen business ties with HK

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou Foshan, Zhuhai and Shanghai's Pudong district could begin to forge closer trade and business ties with Hong Kong through a plan to develop them into 'model areas' under the free-trade pact between Hong Kong and the mainland. Sources close to negotiations on the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa) said the experimental scheme was being ...

  5. Arguments defending Cepa are faulty, says trade expert

    Posted Sep 08th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... He says some articles of the pact with the mainland violate WTO provisions The government has been faulted over its claim that the free-trade deal signed with the mainland does not clash ... (Cepa) dealing with anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures were inconsistent with the rules set by the world trade body. These three sets of measures allow countries to fend off ...

  6. Cepa promotion at WTO meeting

    Posted Aug 25th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... idea of what benefits they will get by setting up shop in the city. It is also understood the government will lobby World Trade Organisation member states to support its bid to host the sixth ... Kong at the meeting, said one of his main tasks at Cancun in Mexico next month would be to explain Cepa to the international business community. 'Honestly, not many businesses ...

  7. Sluggish Canton Fair upsets official efforts

    Posted Apr 26th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... yesterday. 'How come there are no buyers?' Peter Chen said. It was a question asked by many of the 700 exhibitors who signed up for the first trade-matching forum that the Ministry ... trade-matching meeting with exhibitors at the Canton Fair. It was the ministry's first attempt to help export-hit manufacturers find potential buyers in the domestic market and more than 700 ...

  8. Cepa 'does not clash' with WTO provisions

    Posted Sep 05th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... A trade chief says granting favourable treatment to Hong Kong is legitimate Concerns that some provisions of the free-trade agreement between Hong Kong and the mainland are inconsistent with the World Trade Organisation's rules were unfounded, the government said last night. Raymond Young Lap-moon, deputy secretary for commerce, industry and technology, said the granting of more ...

  9. Cepa definitions open to challenge

    Posted Sep 15th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... The definition of 'local company' is critical for Hong Kong The definition of what is meant by 'local company' in the free-trade pact between Hong Kong and the mainland could be challenged, a senior government official has admitted. Deputy Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology Raymond Young Lap-moon acknowledged that other World Trade Organisation ...

  10. Telecom firms get access to mainland

    Posted Sep 29th 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai, Quinton Chan

    ... give the pact a stronger mandate in the international community because the World Trade Organisation required free-trade agreements to cover a wide range of major businesses, one source said. ... of the free-trade pact to be signed today. But they will not be allowed to own a controlling stake in any telecom company on the mainland, according to sources close to the Hong Kong government. The latest ...




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