Economic Growth

Stop feeding a white elephant way past its sell-by date

Stop feeding a white elephant way past its sell-by date

The mission of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is to promote productivity excellence for industry to enhance competitiveness and sustainability through a bundle of strategies including scaling up productivity enhancement platforms, creating values (sic) for S

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 2:25am

Vow to put growth on even keel

Beijing's top leaders pledged to continue to make stabilising growth a priority in the second half, leaving room for more policy easing as needed to stem a further downturn.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Policy easing urged as factories struggle

The recent contraction in China's manufacturing looks set to deepen this month, putting new pressure on growth stimulus measures.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Drawing talent

Asia is ageing. Current projections indicate that the working population in most Asian countries will decline over the coming years, if they haven't started already. In response, calls for greater investment become louder. It is hoped that greater efficiency can compensate for the reduction in raw labour input.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Third runway lobby ignoring serious environmental impact of growth

Exco's approval of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok coincided with the release of a scientific paper showing increases in global atmospheric temperatures since 1998 to have been much higher than projected once Arctic measurements are included.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Slower growth is good for China

It says something about investors' faith in China as the global economic saviour that world markets are in retreat after Beijing cut the country's growth target to an eight-year low. That was not what they wanted to hear amid debt woes in Europe and mixed signals of recovery in the US, which surely have prompted China to lower expectations of its export-led economy.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Myanmar must not squander its riches in the rush to grow

Myanmar faces a tricky future finding a development model that will allow it to alleviate poverty and create an equitable society.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Streamlining pays off

Facing high office rents, how can companies save space without compromising on productivity?

'The workplace will impact staff performance [which in turn] directly impacts company performance and is reflected in productivity,' says Paul Scroggie, director of workplace consultancy Knight Frank.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Shift in fundamentals will avert crisis

'The fundamentals for the mainland's stable, relatively fast economic growth in the medium to long term haven't changed.'

Ma Jiantang, commissioner National Bureau of Statistics

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Building wealth long after the miners depart

A conference on managing extractive industries in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, addressed the challenge of how resource-rich countries can make best use of their precious oil, gas or mineral assets and develop resilience to price volatility.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland growth tipped to exceed 9pc

The mainland's economic growth is likely to exceed 9 per cent this year, said a senior official, defying forecasts that Beijing's anti-inflationary policies would cause a hard landing.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Today: Canadian Chamber of Commerce event: 'Personal productivity basics: How to beat overload and get more done'. Compass offices, Infinitus Plaza, Central.

Monday, September 19: Canadian Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'EDC - Canadian direct investment in Asia'. Club Lusitano.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Is China's rise inevitable?

Is China on the brink of eclipsing the United States as the world's economic mega power, with the yuan taking over from the dollar as the global currency, and China able to exercise financial, military and political hegemony? Or is China's economic growth about to slow dramatically to 3 per cent a year as the country is forced to change its growth model?

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Five-year plans miss the main goals: U.S. monitor

China failed to meet targets set in its 11th five-year plan and is unlikely to meet others set for the current 12th five-year plan to 2015, according to a top United States watchdog agency.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tyranny of arithmetic will defeat Beijing's grand plan

Hong Kong officials have made a great song and dance over the past month about how their assiduous lobbying won the city a mention in Beijing's latest five-year plan.

They seem so pleased with themselves, it feels slightly churlish to wonder why anyone with a choice in the matter would want to be associated with a plan that looks so certain to fail in its central objective.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am