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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Cultural 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 Cultural Services (Positive List)
Sectors or Sub-sectors
  • 10. Recreational, Cultural and Sporting services
    • A. Entertainment services (other than audiovisual services) (CPC9619)
Specific commitments
      1. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up performing venues in the Mainland on an equity joint venture, contractual joint venture or wholly-owned basis.1
      2. To allow Hong Kong performing arts agencies to set up branches in the Mainland.2
      3. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up performance agencies in the Mainland on an equity joint venture, contractual joint venture or wholly-owned basis.3
      4. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up internet culture business units in the Mainland in the form of equity joint venture or contractual joint venture with the Mainland party holding controlling shareholding or in the form of contractual joint ventures with the Mainland party holding dominant interests.4
      5. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up internet online service business premises in the Mainland on wholly-owned, equity joint venture or contractual joint venture basis or in the form of contractual joint ventures with the Mainland party holding dominant interests.5
      6. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up art galleries, art shops and art work exhibition units in the Mainland on wholly-owned, equity joint venture or contractual joint venture basis.6
      7. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up performing arts groups in the Mainland on an equity joint venture basis, with the Mainland party holding controlling shareholding.7
      8. To allow performing arts agencies or performing arts groups to organise commercial performances in the form of cross-border supply in the Guangdong Province and the Shanghai Municipality on a pilot basis upon approval of the relevant authorities of that Province or Municipality. Performing arts agencies and performing arts groups organising performances in the Mainland should seek prior approval of the Ministry of Culture.8
      9. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up wholly-owned entertainment premises in Guangdong Province.9
      10. The time limit for completion of the examination of contents (including examination conducted by experts) of imported online game products developed by Hong Kong shall be 2 months, subject to provision of full supporting documents.10
      11. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to engage in the sales services of amusement game equipmentin the Mainland.11
      12. 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 Mainland.12

1 Covering theliberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement.
2 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement.
3 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement and Supplement IV.
4 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement and Supplement VII.
5 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement, Supplement VII and Supplement IX.
6 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement.
7 Covering theliberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement IX.
8 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement IV.
9 Covering the theliberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement IX, Guangdong Agreement, and the newly added liberalisation measures in this Agreement.
10 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement VI.
11 Covering theliberalisation measures provided in Guangdong Agreement,and the newly added liberalisation measures in this Agreement.
12 Covering theliberalisation measures provided in CEPA SupplementX.
 

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