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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - WHITE COLLAR

    Too many holidays may discourage investors from cross-border trading

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 09:36am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Too many public holidays may discourage overseas investors from cross-border trading Through train may hit holiday bump All employees like holidays but that may not be good news for investors. The many public holidays in Hong Kong and on the mainland would limit the chances for them to conduct cross-border trading under the stock through train scheme, which will start next ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Move WTO to Hong Kong to reflect new global trade order

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:45pm by JEAN-PIERRE LEHMANN

    ... Jean-Pierre Lehmann Jean-Pierre Lehmann says the world trade regime needs a Pacific Charter and a new rules-making body based in Hong Kong to reflect the growing role of Asian players in global trade Trading places If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, the World Trade Organisation can be deemed to be insane. ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Food security erupts onto global trade agenda

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 12:17pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... resorted to sanctions and food embargoes. Suddenly the free trade in food is looking fragile. Whether we look at Mount Tambora, or Russian President Vladimir Putin's food embargoes, it seems ... on food security in Beijing are reframed in any way by Russia's assault on free trade in food. One suspects they will not. If global food markets are any guide, with prices for most farm ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Numbers aside, China is not yet a trading powerhouse

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 05:02pm by PROJECT SYNDICATE

    ... Zhang Monan Zhang Monan says Beijing should step up its investments in research and development and not believe its own hype China needs to transform its trading model tobe a true global powerhouse Last year, China ostensibly reached another milestone in its meteoric rise, surpassing the United States to become the world's largest trading country, with its total trade turnover ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MACROSCOPE

    Trade discord delivers fresh dent to WTO credibility

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 12:50pm by PATRICK LOW

    ... Patrick Low Reform in the institution's decision-making processes is needed to avoid abuse of the consensus requirement by the minority Trade discord delivers fresh blow to WTO credibility The World Trade Organisation is in the news again. The last time was in December when a deal struck on the Indonesian island of Bali ended more than a decade of deadlock in the Doha Round ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:26am by LETTERS

    ... Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade As a conservation biologist from Hong Kong doing research in Central Africa, I am often asked a question some find ... people on the mainland and in Hong Kong truly understood and deeply felt the consequences of the wildlife trade, the crisis might not be nearly so dire. But often we fail at simple geography (I ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Once ratified, new trade deal easing cross-border flow of goods could reduce world hunger

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 02:43pm by Mark Gottfredson and Gerry Mattios

    ... Mark Gottfredson and Gerry Mattios Mark Gottfredson and Gerry Mattios spell out the benefits of ratification New trade deal will ease flow of goods across borders As the World Trade Organisation nations approach today's deadline to ratify the Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement, dozens of trucks wait to cross the border from Kenya to Uganda. Hauling tomatoes along East ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In South America, Xi eases the way for bilateral trade

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:57pm by kamilia Lahrichi

    ... Kamilia Lahrichi Kamilia Lahrichi notes China's focus on deals to improve transportation In South America, Xi eases the way for bilateral trade President Xi Jinping's visit ... Fernandez de Kirchner inked 19 agreements on finance, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, trade and cooperation. The most significant deals included a US$11 billion currency swap, a US$4.7 billion ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Battle over state-owned enterprises an issue of fair trade versus economic reality

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Fair trade versus economic reality The status of state-owned enterprises- a long-standing source of trade disputes- has been one of the most contentious issues facing the international trading system. Are they independent companies or extended arms of their governments? A key dispute has been the extent of "subsidies" they should be considered to enjoy given ...

  10. Business - Economy

    Regional trade deals can advance integration of economies

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 12:38pm by PATRICK LOW

    ... to go for trade deals Politics has a habit of getting in the way of business- and negotiations on a clutch of major regional free-trade deals prove the point. Three so-called ... and benefits of mega-regionals must be tempered by political economy considerations. And on the face of it, the exclusionary character and trade-cost-raising tendencies of mega-regionals make them ...




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