APEC Study Centre Publications

Established in 2016 and hosted by Economic Research Centre, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Centre is commissioned by Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department for a 5-year research project of the APEC members with respect to 4 themes. The Centre frequently holds international conferences or seminars and invites reputable scholars and experts to discuss different APEC topics. The Centre expects its research results could further understand the potentials and success elements of APEC and contribute to providing more reliable data and information for policy formulation.


Theme 1 Micro Small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)

Entrepreneurship in APEC and Hong Kong
This pilot paper uses the harmonised data compiled by GEM as an alternative to official records to study the features of the MSMEs sector in the APEC region, and Hong Kong in particular.

Study of SMEs’ Integration into Global Value Chains in Services Industries – Fashion Design
This study analyses GVCs in the fashion industry and provides policy recommendations for governments to support fashion SMEs’ participation in GVCs in design, manufacturing, marketing and branding, financing and other areas.

The Development of MSME Policies in Hong Kong
The purpose of this short paper is to introduce the major “micro, small and medium enterprises” (MSMEs) policies implemented in Hong Kong in the last 20 years. At this stage, we aim at summarizing the major features of these policies. In the second stage of the study, we would attempt to assess the effectiveness and shortcomings of such policies. Naturally, an international ex- change and comparison within APEC would be in order, we would like to seek collaboration with other APEC Study Centres to move this project forward.

Policy for Promoting MSMEs Modernization towards Industry 4.0 in Hong Kong, China
The first three industrial revolutions developed as a result of mechanization, electricity invention and applications of information technology (IT). The 3rd industrial revolution started with the first programmable control system automating production in 1969. Since then, a continuous technological breakthrough in engineer- ing, computer and IT led to the 4th industrial revolution which was termed “Industry 4.0” in 2011. This paper attempts to provide an overview of the government policy and programmes in Hong Kong that may play a direct and indirect role for the adaptation of Industry 4.0 by the MSMEs.

Hong Kong Startups Ecosystem, Technology and GBA Interactions
The APEC Study Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong undertook a preliminary study regarding the development and challenges of startup businesses in Hong Kong in the first half of 2019.



Theme 2 Aviation Connectivity

Air Connectivity in APEC Development and Challenges
This study aims at investigating the air connectivity among APEC economies and also in the context of the global aviation network.


Theme 3 Free Trade Area of Asia Pacific (FTAAP)

Free Trade and Globalisation – the HK Experience in Retrospect and the Prospects
This booklet features highlights of the event “Free Trade and Globalisation” and a short writing piece summarising the recent trend of globalisation and the position of Hong Kong in the context of regional integration. Undergraduate students from the Economic
Department and the Business School of Chinese University of Hong Kong also produced a series of
research posters that explore salient economic issues surrounding Hong Kong’s economy in the past 20 years.


Theme 4 Human Capital Development

Invisible Trade – A Teaching Case
This study documents a game designed by a group of economics undergraduate students for themselves and others to teach the differences and transition between onshore and offshore trade. The motivation is a conundrum that has been happening in Hong Kong: the gradual decline of Hong Kong’s port activities over the past decades without a corresponding decline of the labour employed in the trade sector. Hong Kong firms now intermediate trade mainly in the form of offshore trade that are rather “invisible”.