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Supplement VI to the Mainland and Macao Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement
Promulgation Date:2009-05-11  Promulgation Number:  Promulgation Department:Ministry of Commerce

Supplement VI to the Mainland and Macao Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement

 

For the purpose of further promoting the economic and trade exchanges, as well as the cooperation level between the Mainland [1] and the Macao Special Administrative Region (hereinafter referred to as “Macao”), and in accordance with:

The Mainland and Macao Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (hereinafter referred to as “CEPA”) concluded on Oct. 17, 2003;

The Supplement to CEPA concluded on Oct. 29, 2004;

The Supplement II to CEPA concluded on Oct. 21, 2005;

The Supplement III to CEPA concluded on June 26, 2006;

The Supplement IV to CEPA concluded on July 2, 2007; and

The Supplement V to CEPA concluded on July 30, 2008,

The two sides decided to sign this Supplement VI for the Mainland’s further liberalization of trade in services for Macao, enhancing trade and investment facilitation, and promoting mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

I. Trade in Services

1.      From 1 October 2009, the Mainland shall, on the basis of the commitments on liberalization of trade in services under “CEPA”, the Supplement to “CEPA”, the Supplement II to “CEPA”, the Supplement III to “CEPA”, the Supplement IV to “CEPA”, and the Supplement V to “CEPA”, further relax the market access conditions in nineteen sectors, namely, legal, construction, medical, research and development, real estate, placement and supply services of personnel, printing, convention and exhibition, public utility, telecommunications, audiovisual, distribution, banking, securities, tourism, cultural and recreational, maritime transport, air transport, and individually owned stores.  The details are set out in the Annex of this Supplement VI.

2.      The Annex of this Supplement VI is a supplement and amendment to Table 1 of Annex 4 “The Mainland’s Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of “CEPA”, Annex 3 “Supplements and Amendments to the Mainland’s Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of the Supplement to “CEPA”, Annex 2 “Supplements and Amendments II to the Mainland's Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of the Supplement II to “CEPA”, Annex “Supplements and Amendments III to the Mainland's Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of the Supplement III to “CEPA”, Annex “Supplements and Amendments IV to the Mainland's Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of the Supplement IV to “CEPA”, and Annex “Supplements and Amendments V to the Mainland's Specific Commitments on Liberalization of Trade in Services for Macao” of the Supplement V to “CEPA”. In case of conflict with the provisions of the above six instruments, the provisions of the Annex of this Supplement VI shall prevail.

3.      “Service providers” as referred to in the Annex of this Supplement VI shall conform to the requirements set out in Annex 5 “Definition of “Service provider” and Related Requirements” of “CEPA”.

II. Trade and Investment Facilitation

To strengthen cooperation in the protection of intellectual property rights, the two sides agree to adopt the following measures to intensify the exchanges and cooperation in the trademark sector.

1.      Cooperation mechanism

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce and Macao Economic Services shall establish a communication mechanism in order to strengthen the cooperation in the trademark sector.

2.      Aspects of cooperation

(1)   Enhance information exchange in the trademark sector;

(2)   Enhance the understanding of trademark registration systems of the two sides by enterprises in both places by means of seminars, discussion sessions, and website propaganda, etc.; and

(3)   Enhance cooperation in personnel training.

III. Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications

The two sides agree to adopt the following measures to advance the mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

1.      Accounting

The two sides shall initiate studies on mutual exemption of certain examination papers in the professional qualification examinations for China Certified Public Accountant and Macao Registered Auditor.

2.      Printing Services

The competent authorities and relevant professional bodies of the two sides shall initiate technical exchanges of printing technicians from both places.

IV. Annex

The Annex to this Supplement VI forms an integral part of this Supplement VI.

V. Effectiveness

This Supplement VI shall come into effect on the day of signature by the representatives of the two sides.

Signed in duplicate in Macao on this 11th day of May 2009 in the Chinese language.

 

Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce

People’s Republic of China

Secretary for Economy and Finance Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

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