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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

19 virus cases in Lei Moon Hse

The Government today announced that 19 positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area in Aberdeen.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday covering Lei Moon House of Ap Lei Chau Estate.   Nineteen positive cases were detected at the building where 1,933 people were tested.   Government staff also visited 773 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door.

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