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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

Proposals invited for non-profit venue

The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau is inviting proposals from non-profit-making organisations to run operations in the premises currently occupied by the Fringe Club in Central. The new lease will be for three years, starting from April 1 next year.   The bureau aims to select the most suitable operator for the premises, which are situated on portions of the basement and the whole of the ground floor, first floor and  roof of No. 2 Lower Albert Road, South Block, Central, when the current lease ends.   The bureau said any non-profit-making operators, including the current one, can submit proposals. The selected applicant will operate, manage, maintain and develop the premises as a unique arts and culture venue, supporting the ongoing development of arts and culture, and in particular programmes by small and medium-sized arts groups, including youth groups.   All proposals must reach the Culture Division (1), Culture Branch of the bureau by mail or by hand before 5.30pm on October 20.   Call 3509 8075 or 3509 8077 for enquiries.

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