IA, FTA between Hong Kong, 5 ASEAN member states to take effect

Those parts relating to Hong Kong and five Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, under the Investment Agreement (IA) between Hong Kong and ASEAN, will enter into force on June 17, a spokesman for China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Thursday.

Upon the entry into force of the mentioned IA, the five ASEAN member states, namely Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will provide Hong Kong enterprises investing in their areas with fair and equitable treatment of their investments, physical protection and security of their investments, and the assurance on the free transfer of their investments and returns.

In case of expropriation or investment loss owing to war, armed conflict or similar events, the above-mentioned five ASEAN member states will also provide compensation to Hong Kong enterprises investing in their areas according to the agreed standard as specified under the IA.

Meanwhile, parts relating to Laos and Vietnam under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Hong Kong and ASEAN will enter into force on June 11. In addition to those parts announced earlier, parts relating to Hong Kong and Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam under the FTA will take effect on June 11.

Upon the implementation of the mentioned FTA, Singapore will bind all its customs duties at zero, whereas Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will progressively reduce or eliminate their customs duties on goods originating from Hong Kong. The tariff reduction commitments cover various kinds of Hong Kong commodities including jewelry, articles of apparel and clothing accessories, watches and clocks and toys.

On trade in services, upon the implementation of the FTA and in respect of Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, Hong Kong service providers will enjoy legally binding market access conditions and thus benefit from the enhanced business opportunities in a wide range of services sectors.

Hong Kong and ASEAN signed the FTA and the IA at the end of 2017. The dates of entry into force for the remaining five ASEAN member states, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Editor: 曹家宁
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