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Car Tech Proves Key Driver at Shanghai Consumer Electronics Event
With a whole hall devoted to its latest manifestations, car tech was one of the star turns at this year's CES Asia event, although digital translation devices, drones and waterproof cameras also proved popular with many attendees.
Economists' Pick 23 June 2017
Slovakia: An Emerging Hub on the New Silk Road
As a transit hub in Central and Eastern Europe, Slovakia has become a magnet for export-oriented manufacturing industries. Both the public and private sectors are active in upgrading the country’s handling capacity to prepare for the expected increase in Eurasian cargo traffic. Also, Slovakia is making moves to stretch its wings to Asia, including a plan to start a double tax treaty negotiation with Hong Kong.
Economists' Pick 23 June 2017
Mexico Considers New Standards for Lamps, Certain Digital Interfaces
Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 August on a proposal to amend the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used in residential, commercial, services, industrial and public lighting settings.
Economists' Pick 23 June 2017
New Safeguard Probe Launched on Clothes Washers
The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in a new tariff-rate quota on large residential washers.
Economists' Pick 23 June 2017
Hong Kong Exports Gather Steam
Hong Kong’s export sentiment has reached a four-year high, according to the latest Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Export Index.
Economists' Pick 21 June 2017
THAILAND: Land Rent Slashed on Latest Tranche of SEZ Sites
Land rents are to be slashed in a bid to boost investor interest in the latest tranche of Special Economic Zones (SEZs). According to the Thai Treasury Department, this will come in to effect with regard to the proposed new SEZs set to be established in 10 provinces across the country, namely Tak, Sa Kaeo, Songkhla, Trat, Mukdahan, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Narathiwat, Nakhon Phanom and Nong Khai.
Economists' Pick 16 June 2017
Hong Kong in the Spotlight for London Traders Multimedia
As the United Kingdom seeks to strengthen trade relationships beyond Europe, Hong Kong’s role as Asia’s business hub has never been more important according to David Marsden, Director, UK, Benelux and Ireland for the HKTDC. In this podcast interview, he also shares insights on the upcoming Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event returning to London in September.
Multimedia 16 June 2017
Real Name Registration Now Obligatory for Drone-Owners
Drone-owners have until 31 August this year to register – using their real names – with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The requirement sees both owners and manufacturers of drones (with a takeoff weight of 250g or more) obliged to be listed on the CAAC’s Real-Name Registration System for Drones (, in line with the newly-issued Provisions on the Administration of Real-Name Registration for Civilian Drones.
Economists' Pick 13 June 2017
Smarter and Greener: The Spring 2017 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair Survey
Although the trend towards LED lighting has cooled slightly, new drivers have emerged to encourage the lighting industry to go greener and smarter. Lighting industry players believe the ban on selling most incandescent light bulbs will benefit the sale of LED products. Demand will be generated by the need to replace obsolete lighting items, especially for indoor lighting. Smart technology remains important for the development of the industry.
Economists' Pick 13 June 2017
Beyond the Semi-conductor Industry
Taiwan's global reputation as a “sci-tech island” is largely based on the success of its electronic-information industry and, in particular, the pioneering work of its semi-conductor sector.
Economists' Pick 12 June 2017
THAILAND: Eight-year Tax Waiver for Automotive and Electrical Parts FDI Projects
Investors in FDI-backed projects related to the automotive and electrical parts design sectors are now eligible to apply for an eight-year waiver of theirs corporate income tax (CIT) obligations.
Economists' Pick 12 June 2017
Argentina Further Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment
Argentina has further amended a July 2016 regulation requiring low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold in the country to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements.
Economists' Pick 9 June 2017
DOE Confirms Need to Comply with Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Other Products
The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that the stricter mandatory energy efficiency standards issued in October 2016 or January 2017 for ceiling fans, miscellaneous refrigeration products, dedicated-purpose pool pumps, and residential central air conditioners and heat pumps will enter into force as originally stipulated.
Economists' Pick 9 June 2017
Compliance Dates Postponed for Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule extending the compliance dates associated with a final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act) for imported and domestically produced composite wood products.
Economists' Pick 9 June 2017
New Safeguard Investigation Launched on Solar Cells
The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from all sources, including Hong Kong and mainland China.
Economists' Pick 9 June 2017
Robo-beer and the Internet of Terriers See CeBIT Keep its Quirkiness
From digitally connected to dogs to high-tech home brewing, CeBIT remained reliably roguish, while still providing houseroom for more high-minded pursuits, such as inspection drones, electronic parking permits and 3D printing systems.
Economists' Pick 7 June 2017
IoT Transforming Russia's Management and Administrative Processes
While many IoT applications in Russia conform to global norms, a number are addressing particularly local problems.
Economists' Pick 6 June 2017
Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Leads New Chinese Appeal While EU Producer Solarworld Forced to File for Bankruptcy
It was reported on 15 May 2017 that Canadian Solar is leading a new Chinese appeal against EU duties on solar cells and solar panels from mainland China, giving rise to yet another development in the EU’s longstanding solar panels trade defence proceedings.
Economists' Pick 2 June 2017
Startup Zone 2017: Stimulating Products, Top Investors Multimedia
AR and VR games, multilingual streaming video and air measurement devices were among new products offered by 100 startups from six countries and regions at the inaugural Startup Zone presented at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 (Spring Edition) and concurrent HKTDC International ICT Expo 2017. The eight major categories attracted top investors like Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund, aiming to support local and overseas startups.
Multimedia 1 June 2017
Consumers’ Appetites for Audio-visual Products on the Rise: The Spring 2017 Hong Kong Electronics Fair Survey
With the electronics market remaining optimistic, audio-visual and digital entertainment items will be the products worth noting, according to the survey at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 (Spring Edition). Consumer electronics continue to be the items with the best growth prospects in 2017. Smart watches remain the products with the greatest potential among wearable electronic items while smart home applications also appears promising.
Economists' Pick 26 May 2017
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