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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

Duo arrested for hiding health data

The Department of Health today laid holding charges against two people for providing misleading details and withholding information in connection with the Government’s investigation of COVID-19 cases.   The 29-year-old man and the 31-year-old woman are COVID-19 patients. They are suspected of violating the Prevention & Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation and will appear at Kowloon City Magistracy on May 10.   During the department’s epidemiological investigation of confirmed cases, the man was suspected of giving false or misleading information to an authorised officer on April 16, while the woman was suspected of failing to comply with the requirement to provide information to an authorised officer on April 17.   The department said it is grossly irresponsible to provide false or misleading information to or conceal information from an authorised officer as this may hinder contact tracing and pose a serious threat to public health.   Resolute actions will be taken against breaches of relevant regulations, it added.
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