Guangdong is positioned to lead the next phase of China's quality growth

China's newly-elected Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Photo: AFP

With China's new leadership now in place, Guangdong appears poised for change. Zhang Gaoli and Wang Yang, the two recently appointed vice-premiers who spent part of their careers in Guangdong, have both advocated sweeping changes.

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'No truth to the rumour'

While some might say England's 'sweet chariot' was a runaway shopping trolley in the Rugby World Cup last year, one player emerged with his reputation intact. Yesterday, Steve Thompson told 700 heavyweight corporates at the Helmsec Valley 7s Long Lunch: 'I know what it's like to be retired, and it seems there's a few of them in the room.'

24 Mar 2012 - 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

Productivity still a concept for the Productivity Council

With a HK$10 million grant from the Innovation and Technology Fund, the Productivity Council wants to turn the city into a major producer of airplane seats. Council researchers have just reverse-engineered an economy class seat for the Airbus A340, based on local airlines' discards.

SCMP, December 6

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rising wages should propel the next wave in productivity gains

Here's yet another reason why we don't need to worry about factories on the mainland losing their competitive edge.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Tackling absenteeism

Baat Gwaa was initially slightly puzzled by a few friends who were discussing how they would deal with the World Cup this month.

In fact, these friends, who are in personnel management, were trying to tackle the expected spike in absenteeism as employees skip work to watch the tournament.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Food deputy division head

A retail professional is sought to head up the food division of a lifestyle specialty store.

This key role is responsible for all sales, gross profit (GP), GP percentages, inventory, expense control and overall profit and loss.

Planning, developing and executing buying strategies - including selecting the range of products - is part of the role.

14 May 2010 - 12:00am

Key industries playing catch up with west

The mainland's manufacturing, energy and metals industries are only about a third as competitive as their international counterparts, according to research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a top government think-tank.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Taking the leap from making to serving

When Guangdong officials gathered for a closed-door meeting last month, a provincial think-tank told them they needed to cut red tape and overhaul the province's industrial structure if they were to take the next step to development and survive the economic crisis.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Winning strategy

Research and development give Hong Kong companies the edge in a highly competitive international market

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Energy-saving goals in focus

The National People's Congress Standing Committee yesterday began a five-day session to review eight draft laws and amendments including revisions to legislation which would require officials' performance assessments to be tied to their efforts in conserving energy.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Free dose of Chinese medicine at Langham Place

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

US industries thrive in spite of mainland

Readers glancing through the some of the legislation in front of the US Congress could be forgiven for concluding that America's manufacturing industries are in a state of collapse and that their decline is all the fault of unfair competition from the evil mainlanders.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Petrochemical equipment imports to be cut

Beijing plans to ban the import of large-scale petrochemical plant equipment that can be made locally while targeting a 75 per cent domestic production rate by 2010, creating a market worth tens of billions of yuan for domestic makers.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

China has its work cut out following script on productivity gains

If there is a generally accepted script for the mainland's economic development, it runs something like this: China starts out by exploiting an undervalued currency and its huge pool of cheap labour to undercut competitors and grab a large share of the world's export markets.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am