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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

HK fencers bag bronze medals

Hong Kong fencers Cheung Ka-long and Vivian Kong each won a bronze medal at the 2022 Fencing World Championships.   While Cheung bagged a medal in the Men’s Foil Individual event, Kong scored one in the Women’s Epee Individual competition.   Congratulating the athletes today, Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung said: “With excellent performances in the competitions, Cheung Ka-long and Vivian Kong have won the well-deserved medals by showcasing Hong Kong athletes' talent and perseverance.”   Mr Yeung pointed out that in addition to the two medals taken home by the Hong Kong team, Cheung has also made history again by achieving the best result ever for a Hong Kong fencer in the men’s event in the championships.   “We are thrilled by their achievements. I hope the fencing team will continue to strive for excellence in the team events,” Mr Yeung added.
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