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HKTDC Trade Quarterly, Issue No.23: Out of Africa: a new quest for trade    < 2012-05-15 >

    Synopsis With question marks hanging over the world economy, Hong Kong manufacturers and suppliers are forced to consider channels that require leverage; Africa could well provide an answer. In this issue we look at Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, which possess growing economic power in East and West Africa. They have abundant natural resources; they also have young vibrant populations that want the kind of light industrial goods that Hong Kong manufacturers and suppliers ca

HKTDC Trade Quarterly, Issue No.24: Hong Kong’s changing dynamics    < 2012-09-17 >

    Synopsis The transforming global economic order is setting new, deeper challenges to Hong Kong’s continuing success. To match greater competition from the region and the Chinese mainland, the SAR could more closely examine its population and land resources, among other fundamentals. This issue shows how Hong Kong is already the major platform for China’s “going out” policy and is dominant as a regional central business district. The skill will be to re-model Hong Kong’

HKTDC Trade Quarterly, Issue No.25: Anatomy of change in trade’s new era    < 2012-12-03 >

Synopsis The year 2013 will see Hong Kong trade entering a pallid period, with exports forecast to grow just at a slightly faster rate than this year.  Moreover, it also reflects a longer-term challenge: that manufacturers and suppliers face a “new era” of trade, as Asia evolves from a world production base into a world marketplace. This new era will see China move up the development “value chain” while protectionism is expected to persist.

HKTDC Trade Quarterly Issue No.26: Inside the global baby boom    < 2013-05-15 >

Synopsis The TQ March edition examines an issue with huge statistical potential – the babies’ and kids’ market globally, on an expected baby boom. In just four sectors, personal care, toys, food and clothing, the value of global retail sales was estimated at US$275 billion last year and is expected to expand by some 30% in the next four years. Another story with impressive figures shows the scale and speed of China’s urbanisation, which will see more than ten mil

HKTDC Trade Quarterly Issue No.27: The big numbers: The true scale of off-shore trade    < 2013-05-18 >

    Synopsis Official figures have understated the scale of Hong Kong's offshore trade success, only registering those items that pass through the city's customs authorities. In this issue of the Trade Quarterly, HKTDC's own survey looks at the full picture and shows the true extent of this hugely-profitable business. The June issue also looks at the search for low-cost production bases across Southeast Asia, examines the mid-year figures for Hong Kong's exports and feature

HKTDC Trade Quarterly Issue No.28: Mythical steps: Navigating the maze of global trade    < 2013-09-17 >

    Synopsis With world trade facing a challenge from a proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs), this edition of the TQ looks at the importance of maintaining multi-lateral trade arrangements, a regime that has long seen Hong Kong and mainland China thrive. As part of this, we consider the issues facing both the WTO and the G20 nations as a number of key decisions loom for the global trade system. As key elements of this, we also consider the likely impact of the

Guide to Doing Business in China (2012 Edition)    < 2012-02-10 >

    Synopsis: Guide to Doing Business in China has been well received since it was first published in 2001. Subsequent editions were also widely supported by the business community. The 2012 edition has incorporated the latest changes in related laws and regulations, making it a more up-to-date, comprehensive reference material. The Guide contains 14 chapters, covering a wide range of practical issues such as foreign investment policy, how to set up foreign-invested enterpr

Africa: “forgotten continent” is the world’s new growth engine    < 2012-09-10 >

    Synopsis Africa has morphed from the “forgotten continent” a decade ago into one with significant, positive changes. Africa is also the new global growth engine and a market of great promise for consumer goods from East Asia.

Hong Kong grows as a regional intellectual property market    < 2012-09-10 >

    Synopsis Hong Kong’s robust intellectual property (IP) and legal services regime underpins a growing services platform, offering a large variety of IP possibilities. As this report explains, more IP owners, buyers and services suppliers are drawn to Hong Kong as a springboard for China and the entire Asian region.

Indonesia: An Economic Powerhouse in ASEAN    < 2011-02-10 >

    Synopsis: Southeast Asia's biggest economy has been drawing increasing attention of many overseas investors. Indonesia stands out as an alternative production base compared with its counterparts in the region, given its low labour costs. There's also the country's buoyant consumer market, which offers new opportunities to traders, brand owners and retailers. This report addresses requirements of Hong Kong businesses that have Indonesia mind.

Why Chinese mainland consumers in 13 cities buy their clothes    < 2012-10-10 >

    Synopsis In contrast to developed economies in Europe, the US and Japan where consumers continue to tighten their belts, shoppers in emerging markets are becoming more demanding on the quality and styles of clothes when clothing has evolved from a daily necessity into an important aspect of life quality and lifestyle. As China is the foremost emerging market, the mainland clothing market has therefore become a key battleground for the industry.

Survey on China’s middle-class consumers    < 2013-08-10 >

    Synopsis The consumer survey reveals the evolving consumer characteristics of the middle-class in China, in particular their concepts in quality improvement.  The impacts of the fast developing transportation network and on-line sales are also assessed.

China's "Going Out" policy: Guangdong's demand for professional services    < 2014-01-10 >

    Synopsis The Chinese government has played an active role in not only accelerating the “going out” of businesses, but also in facilitating co-operation with foreign partners to upgrade and transform themselves. Against this backdrop, China has already risen to third place globally in outward foreign direct investments (FDI) after the United States and Japan. Meanwhile, Guangdong is the main source of China’s foreign trade and economic co-operation initiatives, particul

Chile: gearing towards a high-income, developed economy    < 2011-11-10 >

    Synopsis: With growing incomes and improving living standards, Chileans are ready for quality products from around the world. The country's economic tenacity demonstrated in the aftermath of last year's destructive earthquake has laid a solid groundwork for a high-income, developed economy. Chileans' wide acceptance of China-made imports presents excellent opportunities for Hong Kong companies.

Guide to Doing Business in China (2012 Edition)    < 2012-02-09 >

    Synopsis: Guide to Doing Business in China has been well received since it was first published in 2001. Subsequent editions were also widely supported by the business community. The 2012 edition has incorporated the latest changes in related laws and regulations, making it a more up-to-date, comprehensive reference material. The Guide contains 14 chapters, covering a wide range of practical issues such as foreign investment policy, how to set up fore

Africa: “forgotten continent” is the world’s new growth engine    < 2012-09-09 >

    Synopsis Africa has morphed from the “forgotten continent” a decade ago into one with significant, positive changes. Africa is also the new global growth engine and a market of great promise for consumer goods from East Asia.

Hong Kong grows as a regional intellectual property market    < 2012-09-09 >

    Synopsis Hong Kong’s robust intellectual property (IP) and legal services regime underpins a growing services platform, offering a large variety of IP possibilities. As this report explains, more IP owners, buyers and services suppliers are drawn to Hong Kong as a springboard for China and the entire Asian region.

Indonesia: An Economic Powerhouse in ASEAN    < 2011-02-09 >

    Synopsis: Southeast Asia's biggest economy has been drawing increasing attention of many overseas investors. Indonesia stands out as an alternative production base compared with its counterparts in the region, given its low labour costs. There's also the country's buoyant consumer market, which offers new opportunities to traders, brand owners and retailers. This report addresses requirements of Hong Kong businesses that have Indonesia mind.

Why Chinese mainland consumers in 13 cities buy their clothes    < 2012-10-09 >

    Synopsis In contrast to developed economies in Europe, the US and Japan where consumers continue to tighten their belts, shoppers in emerging markets are becoming more demanding on the quality and styles of clothes when clothing has evolved from a daily necessity into an important aspect of life quality and lifestyle. As China is the foremost emerging market, the mainland clothing market has therefore become a key battleground for the industry.

Guide to doing business with the US    < 2011-02-20 >

    Synopsis: This user-friendly guide for SMEs provides an account of all the most important practical information needed to develop business with the US. It's particularly strong on analysing the US trade regime, looking at import and other related regulations, as well as marketing and setting up a US business.

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