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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... of the Environment and Water Resources. At independence 50 years ago, Singapore relied on imports for its entire water supply. In recent years, however, the government has introduced incentives to cut ... Tom Holland Cheap prices mean we have long ducked the tough questions on how to reduce reliance on imported supplies, but Singapore offers a model HK needs a fresh policy on water before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1400946/hong-kong-needs-fresh-policy-water-taps-run-dry
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland HK government should make better use of its existing resources and assets to meet the spending needs arising from an ageing population We don't need a Future Fund. ... sheet. They also pay little attention to the government's physical assets, which include Hong Kong's water system, airport, rail network and two theme parks, among many others. All ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1440476/we-dont-need-future-fund-future-already-upon-us
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It is time for Hong Kong to get real about water pricing

    Posted Jul 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... real about water pricing Back in the 1960s, Hong Kong used to suffer from debilitating water shortages. The worst was the drought of 1963 to 1964. With almost no rainfall and the limited reservoir capacity running dry, water rationing got tighter and tighter, until eventually the city's taps were allowed to work for just four hours in every four days. In response, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1293214/it-time-hong-kong-get-real-about-water-pricing
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:23am by Tom Holland

    ... Extending the MTR rail network is a reasonable idea, and major upgrades to our water supply system are long overdue. But there is no need for the sort of vastly expensive "mega-projects" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435878/tsangs-vision-hong-kongs-future-severely-out-focus
  5. Business - Money - MONITOR

    No need to panic over slide in stock markets

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 05:37am by Tom Holland

    ... Sure, slower growth in China will dent commodity prices, which will hurt resource exporters. But for much of the rest of the world, including many emerging markets, lower commodity prices would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1420956/no-need-panic-over-slide-stock-markets
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:30am by Tom Holland

    ... Qatar, Australia, Canada- benefited from the long resource boom of the 2000s. But not all the countries that overtook Hong Kong can claim commodity wealth- or even of particularly free economies. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1405726/claims-economic-freedom-index-simply-dont-stand
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing's financial reforms will push up interest rates

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:41pm by Tom Holland

    ... the allocation of credit away from overinvested state industries towards resource-starved service companies in the private sector. In other words, moving towards market-determined interest rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1407148/beijings-financial-reforms-will-push-interest-rates
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the cost to China of unabated climate change will be modest, at just US$360 billion a year by the end of the century. In contrast, a treaty that cut emissions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1382763/it-pays-china-block-global-deals-climate-and-trade
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To boost business, WTO must ditch 'all or nothing' approach

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 03:12am by Tom Holland

    ... Union, which can devote huge resources to securing advantageous deals, and away from poorer countries. Third, they add greatly to the complexity of the global trade system. The result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1378473/boost-business-wto-must-ditch-all-or-nothing-approach
  10. Business - Companies - MONITOR

    ParknShop merger will prove Hong Kong's competition law is a joke

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... competition law is a joke Anywhere else in the world, regulatory alarm bells would be clanging at ear-splitting volume. Not in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, mainland grocery giant China Resources ... However, Vanguard is owned by China Resources Enterprise, which means if its bid for ParknShop were to succeed, China Resources would immediately become the dominant participant in Hong Kong's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1298710/parknshop-merger-will-prove-hong-kongs-competition-law-joke

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