A report on the trade policies and practices of Hong Kong, China,
released December 18 by the WTO Secretariat, says that the territory
maintains an open trade and foreign investment regime which has been
crucial for withstanding external shocks such as the Asian financial
crisis in 1997-98 and the global economic slowdown in 2001.
report also notes that Hong Kong, China has had to face considerable
structural adjustment associated with its growing integration into the
rest of China, and that the approach of allowing market forces to
allocate resources remains, by and large, in place. However, partly as
a result of the economic downturn, the Government would seem to have
become more proactive in promoting value-added activities.
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Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated in the WTO agreements, in
which member countries' trade and related policies are examined and
evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that may have
an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. For each
review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the
government of the member under review, and a detailed report written
independently by the WTO Secretariat. These two documents are then
discussed by the WTO's full membership in the Trade Policy Review Body
(TPRB). These documents and the proceedings of the TPRB's meetings are
published shortly afterwards..
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15, 17 January 2003
El Salvador: 3, 5 February 2003
Canada: 12, 14 March 2003