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Restoring WTO dispute system urged

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau called on World Trade Organization (WTO) members to support the restoration of a fully functioning dispute settlement system during the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.   At a meeting on dispute settlement reform, Mr Yau said the dispute settlement system has functioned as a cornerstone of global trade, creating stability and predictability. He added that to have a well-functioning system restored this year, as was mandated at MC12, would serve the interests of all WTO members and of the global business community.   He stressed that Hong Kong, China has been involved in every stage of the reform process in relation to dispute settlement and will continue its active participation.   Speaking at another meeting, on development, Mr Yau said that the Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement is a very much a pro-development agreement.   He highligh

Dental centre reports virus case

The Department of Health today said a contract staff member working in its MacLehose Dental Centre in Wan Chai has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   The staff member is a contract system analyst who last performed his duties on January 26. His body temperature was normal during screening at work.   He wore a surgical mask while performing his duties, did not have contact with the public and properly maintained social distancing.   The analyst was transferred to a quarantine centre on January 28 as his household contact was confirmed with COVID-19. He developed symptoms on January 30 and his preliminary test result was positive.   The department has arranged virus testing for all relevant staff and will arrange for them to work from home until their test results are available.   It will also arrange thorough cleaning and disinfection of the office floor concerned.
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