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The Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) between Hong Kong and Mexico will enter into force on Wednesday, June 16, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Sunday, June 6.

The HKSAR government said the accord will enhance the confidence of investors, expand investment flows between Hong Kong and Mexico, and further strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties.

Edward Yau, secretary for commerce and economic development of the HKSAR government, said that the 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong to foster cooperation and exchanges with countries and regions around the world.

“The HKSAR government has been making full use of Hong Kong’s advantages under the HKSAR Basic Law and ‘one country, two systems,’ and has signed bilateral agreements, including IPPAs, with foreign economies to explore more opportunities for developing bilateral and multilateral cooperation benefits for Hong Kong,” he said.

Yau said that the IPPA with Mexico  is the fourth such agreement that the HKSAR government has signed this term.

The other three were signed respectively with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), all of which have entered into force.

Taking into account the new IPPA with Mexico, the total number of IPPAs in force between Hong Kong and foreign economies will increase to 22, covering 31 foreign economies, he said.

Under the IPPA with Mexico, the two sides undertake to provide investors of the other side with fair, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of investments, compensation in the event of expropriation of investments, and the right to free transfers abroad of investments and returns.

The IPPA also provides for settlement of investment disputes under internationally accepted rules, including arbitration.

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