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  1. Subsidies fuel Thailand's economic woes

    Posted Aug 20th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There is no assurance that import prices will ease greatly between now and the end of the year, while efforts to curb energy use- for instance, ordering shopping malls to close early- may cut into economic ... support has proven to be both economically irrational and environmentally damaging. It is interesting that Thailand did not bother to learn the lessons of Indonesia's flirtation ...

  2. Private hospitals look to grab long-waiting public patients

    Posted Jul 26th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Overburdened system has created a market for expensive health-care facilities Hong Kong's 12 private hospitals are making a grab for patients from the public sector, where people can wait several years for an operation or a year for an outpatient specialist consultation. The long public waiting lists provided a 'very good opportunity' to expand market ...

  3. Surveyors hit out at public-private plans

    Posted May 19th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Surveyors have called on the government to freeze planned public works involving private developers. The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors yesterday became the first professional body to raise concerns about the so-called public-private partnership (PPP) model, saying proper procedures and a regulatory framework are needed. Institute president Tony Tse Wai-chuen said: ...

  4. 'No ownership' public rent rule stands, says official

    Posted Apr 08th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai While elderly property owners living in buildings in disrepair will be allowed to rent public flats, the government says the 'no property ownership' rule still applies to others. A housing official told the Legislative Council's housing panel yesterday that screening out property owners was essential to ensure public resources were allocated rationally. ...

  5. Economic stability 'must be preserved'

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... constitutional reform] would be acceptable to public demands, and at the same time addresses Beijing's concern. But economic stability must definitely be maintained in society,' Dr Woon said. ... reform that any changes to the political system must preserve economic stability. The call was made as district representatives urged Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, head ...

  6. Check urged on partnership projects

    Posted Mar 15th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai, Quinton Chan

    ... Chloe Lai and Quinton Chan A balance is needed between attracting private business and protecting the public A mechanism should be established to monitor how the new public-private partnership model is implemented to protect the public's interest, according to the public works chief. Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said the public ...

  7. Private developers offered free hand

    Posted Apr 17th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Government proposal allows firms to build profitable sidelines to public projects The government proposes giving private developers who build public projects a free hand to build anything they deem profitable around the developments, provided no zoning bylaws are violated, officials disclosed yesterday. The government is advocating the public-private partnership (PPP) model ...

  8. Wages of neglect

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... for 'the reproduction of labour', as the Marxist theory puts it. Anthony Cheung Bing-leung is a professor of public administration at City University of Hong Kong and chairman of SynergyNet, ...

  9. How public-private partnerships help

    Posted Mar 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jake van der Kamp makes some good points in 'Conjuring trick with most valuable asset' (March 17), but he also misses a lot more points. Public Private Partnership (PPP) is not a trick to evade the checks and balances of a developed society, nor is it a sleight of hand to achieve off-balance sheet solutions to public finances. The real aim of PPP is efficient use ...

  10. Wider choices fuel public interest in savvy investment strategies

    Posted Mar 06th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... Chris Davis The Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) launched in 2001 has been one of the key drivers shaping the public's interest in looking for better ways to invest, grow and protect their assets. As a result, training, nurturing, and retaining financial advisers to become certified financial planner's (CFP) remains a top priority for financial institutions and individuals ...




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