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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

Outreach jab service in place

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government is enhancing its COVID-19 vaccination service by reaching out to companies to offer on-site vaccination for their employees.   “From today onwards, we are even reaching out to major companies which have a suitable venue for them to assemble their staff, say up to 150 or 200.   “We will send a medical team to provide vaccination to the staff on-site.”   She added that Hong Kong has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, along with a robust network of vaccination centres to serve citizens.   Mrs Lam also noted that recent editorials mentioned that vaccination is a key way of helping society combat COVID-19.   “I am very pleased to read at least two editorials this morning, one in Chinese saying that since we are approaching zero infections, let us do more on vaccination. I think that is an appeal to the people. And then in an English newspaper, it said in light of the Taiwan experience, vaccination is the only way out.”
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