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To promote the joint economic prosperity and development of the Mainland and the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao) and to further enhance the level of economic and trade cooperation between the two places, the Mainland and Macao decided to initiate a closer economic partnership arrangement, i.e. a FTA-like arrangement established between two separate customs territories of a single sovereign state. The Mainland and Macao signed the “Mainland and Macao Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement” (CEPA) on 17 October 2003, confirming the full implementation of CEPA from 1 January 2004. Since CEPA is an open agreement in the sense that its content can be continuously deepened and enriched, the two sides subsequently signed the Supplement to CEPA, Supplement II to CEPA, Supplement III to CEPA, Supplement IV to CEPA, Supplement V to CEPA, Supplement VI to CEPA, Supplement VII to CEPA, Supplement VIII to CEPA, Supplement IX to CEPA, Supplement X to CEPA, CEPA Agreement between the Mainland and Macao on Achieving Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong, CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services, CEPA Investment Agreement and CEPA Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation on 29 October 2004, 21 October 2005, 26 June 2006, 2 July 2007, 30 July 2008, 11 May 2009, 28 May 2010, 14 December 2011, 2 July 2012, 30 August 2013, 18 December 2014, 28 November 2015 and 18 December 2017 respectively. (Legal texts are available for downloaded at this website or the website of Macao Economic Bureau)

CEPA covers commitments in multiple economic and trade areas, including mainly Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Economic and Technical Cooperation, and Trade and Investment Facilitation.

Enquiries and Submission of Applications
Please contact Regional Cooperation Information Center of the Macao Economic Bureau:
Rua Dr. Pedro José Lobo, No. 1-3, Luso International Bank Building, 2/F, Macao
Tel: (853) 8597 2343
Fax: (853) 2871 2553



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