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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Convention and Exhibition Services

Liberalisation Measures under CEPA

The Agreement on Trade in Services covers and consolidates commitments relating to liberalisation of trade in services provided in CEPA and its Supplements and also the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalisation of Trade in Services in Guangdong.  

 
Agreement on Trade in Services
Liberalisation Measures under Cross-border Services (Positive List)
Sector

Sub-sector

1. Business Services
  1. Other Business Services
  1. Convention services (CPC87909)
Specific commitments
  1. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to organise exhibitions, in the form of cross-border supply, in the Guangdong Province, Shanghai Municipality, Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, Chongqing Municipality, Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, Fujian Province, Jiangxi Province, Hunan Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hainan Province, Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province and Yunnan Province on a pilot basis1.2
  2. To entrust the Guangdong Province with the authority to approve applications submitted by Hong Kong service suppliers for organising foreign economic and technical exhibitions with an exhibition area exceeding 1 000 square metres in the Guangdong Province3.4
  3. To allow contractual service providers employed by Hong Kong service suppliers, in the mode of movement of natural persons, to provide services under this sector or sub-sector in the Mainland5.6
Reserved Restrictive Measures under Commercial Presence (Negative List)
Sector

Sub-sector

1. Business Services
  1. Other Business Services
  1. Convention services (CPC87909)
Obligations
concerned:
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures:
Commercial Presence
Apply national treatment.


1  Subject to the approval of the Ministry of Commerce according to relevant laws and regulations in the Mainland.
2   Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement IV, Supplement VI, and the newly added liberalisation measures in this Agreement.
3   Exhibitions using the word "China/Chinese" at the beginning of their titles shall be subject to the approval of the Ministry of Commerce upon notification by the relevant authorities in charge of commerce in the Guangdong Province.
4   Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement VI.
5   Convention and exhibition services (CPC 87909).
6   Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement X.

For details about the cooperation in convention and exhibition industry under the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation (Ecotech Agreement), please refer to the Ecotech Agreement.