Fri, 22 Sep 2023

HONG KONG -- More than 10 million visitors arrived in Hong Kong in the first five months of this year, signaling a positive outlook for tourism recovery in the second half of 2023, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said Friday.

In May, the number of visitors from the mainland and Southeast Asia has recovered to over 60 percent of the pre-epidemic level, HKTB data showed. (Hong Kong-Tourism)

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DHAKA -- The new ISMARTU factory of Transsion Holdings formally came into operation recently in the Meghna Industrial Economic Zone, Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, with workers diligently assembling and producing mobile phones.

Transsion, a China-based smartphone manufacturer, is one of the leading Chinese smartphone makers in Bangladesh and has become a household name in the country as well as elsewhere in the region in recent years. (Bangladesh-Smartphone-Market)

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MANILA -- "It is a milestone for the Philippines" as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) enters into force for the Southeast Asian country, a Philippine trade official said on Friday.

"We are now all set when it comes to its implementation," said Allan Gepty, the Philippine lead negotiator in RCEP talks, stressing his country will gain benefits and opportunities in trade, goods, services, and investments in RCEP. (Philippines-RCEP)

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SYDNEY -- The Bank of China (BOC) has launched a representative office in the South Pacific island country of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

According to the bank, its office in the world's third-largest island country started its operation on Thursday. (PNG-Bank of China-Office)

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MACAO -- The 14th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum concluded on Friday in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), facilitating 39 cooperation agreements, twice the number at the previous forum.

The agreements, involving around 6.7 billion U.S. dollars, covered Southeast Asia and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSCs) in the areas of transport, construction, engineering, water conservancy, and new energy. (Macao-Infrastructure forum)

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