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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

Job fair for mature people this week

The Labour Department will hold its Job Fair for Middle-aged & Elderly Employment at MacPherson Stadium in Mong Kok on November 25 and 26 to provide more than 3,400 vacancies from about 62 organisations.   Around 31 organisations will participate in the job fair each day and conduct recruitment activities there. Most of the vacancies are suitable for more mature job seekers.   The vacancies cover a wide variety of positions including cinema or estate customer service officer, construction site testing technician, health worker, personal care worker, shop assistant, catering industry manager, clerk, security guard, driver, storekeeper, technician, cook, baker, packer and hospital contract operation assistant.   Around 80% of them are full-time jobs, mostly offering monthly salaries ranging from $11,000 to $19,000.   Among the vacancies, about 98% require a Secondary 6 education level or below and about 70% are open to people without relevant work experience.   The job fair will be held from 11am to 5.30pm with free admission, during which job seekers can submit applications and may be selected for on-the-spot interviews.  
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