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Remote Working & Mental Health: A Young Professional’s Guide

Remote Working & Mental Health: A Young Professional’s Guide

The guide offers a lot of great information, such as:

·      Why remote working has become the new normal due to lockdowns;

·      How remote working can significantly affect physical and mental health;

·      Different ways you can alleviate stress when working from home, such as creating a comfortable work environment and taking regular breaks; and

·      How employers can help to make working from home healthier and less stressful for their employees.

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Summary of the Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

This survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to “online shopping platform services” according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

 

 

Responses from the Economies - Survey on Domestic Regulations in APEC Concerning Online Shopping Platform Service Providers

The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs encourages economies to provide timely and accurate information on export and import procedures and requirements. Economies agreed to strengthen and promote the usage of trade information portals on goods and services trade. In addition, the APEC Service Competitiveness Roadmap (2016) instructs APEC Economies to develop a set of good practice principles on domestic regulations in the services sector, and subsequently, the APEC Non-binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector (the DR Principles) was endorsed at CSOM 2018.

In light of this background, this survey invites APEC Economies to provide information regarding the regulatory regimes applicable to "online shopping platform services" according to the regulatory principles set out in the DR Principles. Online shopping platform services refer to the provision of internet-based platform (website) services for wholesale and retail products and services mainly by third parties. Four categories of regulatory information are surveyed: 1) licensing requirements and procedures; 2) qualification requirements and procedures; 3) transparency; and 4) business names.

A total of 19 responses were received from APEC Economies (AUS, CDA, CHL, PRC, HKC, INA, JPN, ROK, MAS, MEX, NZ, PE, PHL, RUS, SGP, CT, THA, US, and VN). According to the responses collected, the practices of most Economies are consistent with the DR Disciplines. The DR Principles offer a good benchmark to understand convergences and divergences in related e-commerce regulatory regimes across the APEC region, as well as provide a basis for information- and experience-sharing.

The collated results is published in the APEC MSME Marketplace with a view to facilitating e-commerce through enhanced regulatory transparency and predictability.

 

Igniting Creativity - Hong Kong, China's Support for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Creative Industries

Hong Kong, China made a presentation on the economy's support measures provided to SMEs in the creative industries, with a focus on the design sector. These include all-round support to nurture design start-ups through the Design Incubation Programme; revitalized decommissioned buildings to provide space for design studies and exhibition and art venues; and funding support through the CreateSmartInitiative to promote the development of the industries. Altogether, the support measures facilitate SMEs in the field to grow and establish their business in both locally and overseas.

Serving the SME Community 360

Hong Kong, China made a presentation introducing their network of government and quasi-government support centres for SMEs. These centers serve to look after SMEs' needs in their establishment and operation in the form of information and advisory services of Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs ("SUCCESS") run by the Trade and Industry Department, enhancement of business operation by the IT solution services of Hong Kong Productivity Council's "SME One" and "Inno Space", and market expansion by the export market-oriented services of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council's "SME Centre".

Staying Ahead, Nurturing Innovative Start-ups

Hong Kong, China's best practice sharing focused on support for innovative start-ups, especially Fintec start-ups. Supporting start-ups was an important part of Hong Kong, China's drive to develop innovation and technology for the economy. A broad range of measures were adopted such as enhancing existing start-up incubation programmes, introducing new programmes, reducing general and specific taxes, and improving SME funding schemes to enable start-ups to benefit as well.

HKPC Academy

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Academy offers public training programmes, workshops, study missions and customized corporate training services for diversified sectors. The programmes and services are tailor made to the needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

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HKTDC Research

HKTDC Research provides diverse market information, including guides for doing business in different markets, economic factsheets and statistics to facilitate enterprises in conducting market research.

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Malaysia’s Contribution

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Chinese Taipei's Contribution