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Partnership for Business Services in Guangdong

Partnership for Business Services in Guangdong

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About two years ago SMATRA Group upgraded its sourcing activities by forming a partnership in Guangdong province, China. Now a further cooperation is being set up for growing the consulting as well as the distribution business of SMATRA Group in P.R. China. A branch office in the P.R. China is currently being evaluated for providing […]

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Hong Kong - Asia's business centre

Strong Growth for Hong Kong’s Economy

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Hong Kong’s economy grew by 4.3% in the first quarter of 2017. This is the fastest pace in six years. Retail sales, in nominal terms, dropped by 1.3% year-on-year in January-March 2017. The adjusted unemployment rate was at 3.2% and consumer prices grew by 0.5% in the same period. A strong growth could be observed […]

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SMATRA Group expanding the network to Japan

SMATRA Group expanding the network to Japan

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SMATRA Group made the next step in early 2017 and started the preparation of expanding the business activities to Japan for opening a representative office in Sapporo which is in the prefecture of Hokkaido. SMATRA Group targets to connect to Japanese companies for supporting their business expansion within the existing business network and selected markets. […]

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Hong Kong - Asia's business centre

Hong Kong’s changing Business District

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According to a report by JLL more Chinese companies are relocating in the prime business district Central while multinational corporations are increasingly moving to outer suburbs of Hong Kong. Many multinational corporations explain their decision by looking for modern buildings as IT facilities are critical and being closer to their clients. Lower costs and the […]

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China Business

Easier access to Free Trade Zones

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The government in China has further relaxed restrictions on foreign investment in the mainland’s four free trade zones (FTZ) in Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian . Companies will now have easier access in various manufacturing and service sectors, including steel, auto batteries and shipping industry. The bureaucratic process for foreign direct investments in FTZ has […]

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Germany Business

Double Taxation Agreement – Germany & Hong Kong

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Various countries already have a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) in place with Hong Kong. A DTA is an agreement between two countries that reduces the tax bill for an individual who is a resident in one country but  has citzenship in another country. At the moment Hong Kong and Germany do not have a DTA […]

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Hong Kong - Asia's business centre

Tax Standards of Hong Kong under Review

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The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau in Hong Kong is discussing the latest standard published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters. Standard according to OECD: According to the new standard by the OECD, jurisdictions are required to collect from financial institutions […]

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China Business

Reduced import duties on consumer goods in China

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China reduced import duties on some consumer goods ranging from shoes to cosmetics. According to the Ministry of Finance the duties will be: cut by half on average on imports suits, fur garments and shoes reduced on cosmetics to 2% from 5% and on diapers to 2% from 7.5% China’s government targets to encourage consumer’s domestically spending. Currently: Chinese tourists travel abroad […]

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China Business

Alibaba’s 128 Mio USD investment in Hong Kong

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Alibaba announced that it will launch a 1 billion HK$ not-for-profit foundation in order to support Hong Kong startups.  According to the company this is its first entrepreneur-support initiative for Hong Kong. The foundation will be managed by professional investment managers and all profits of Alibaba’s foundation will be re-invested into startups. Additionally Alibaba will […]

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Happy New Year of Sheep to all our business partners

Happy New Year of Sheep to all our business partners

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SMATRA had a great year and wish to continue this way in the new year of sheep. Our team wishes all the best to our clients and business partners in the year of sheep. May it bring the best of luck to all of you and we thank you for your continuous support.

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