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CEPA and Pan Pearl River Delta Economic Integration: A Comparative Business Development Perspective


  • David Pollard


The introduction of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) at the beginning of 2004 and, more recently, CEPA-2 has provided a framework for increased business development in the Pearl River Delta area of China and the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong. In particular, the introduction of CEPA may lead to a significant increase in trade between Hong Kong and the neighbouring Guangdong Province. This paper examines the economic context into which the CEPA provisions have been implemented from an international perspective and it contains an assessment of relevant business development issues, particularly the case of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in mainland China and Hong Kong. Wider issues for direct investment and the role of Hong Kong are also assessed. Experience with the implementation of free trade and associated market developments in other parts of the world is included but it is suggested that such models are of limited use in assessing economic development in the Pan Pearl River Delta Area. It seems that models derived from local practice will be more effective.

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  • David Pollard, 2005. "CEPA and Pan Pearl River Delta Economic Integration: A Comparative Business Development Perspective," Global Economic Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(3), pages 309-320.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:glecrv:v:34:y:2005:i:3:p:309-320
    DOI: 10.1080/12265080500292617

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