Archives for: October 2016

10/14/16

Permalink 02:09:21 pm, by dacare, 223 words, 590 views   English (US)
Categories: News of China

China's electric carmaker BYD debuts budget light train

BYD, China's leading new-energy vehicle manufacturer, unveiled its first light train Thursday, a low-cost overground metro system suitable for hundreds of medium and small cities.

The train system, "Yungui," which when translated means Cloud Rail, costs one-fifth of a regular metro line and cuts the construction time by two-thirds, according to BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu.

He said compared to metro lines in Beijing and Shanghai, Yungui has been tailor-made for smaller cities or the tourist and commercial zones of big cities where a full-developed metro system is not viable.

BYD is one of at least five Chinese companies capable of producing urban light trains, said Zhong Jianhua, deputy director of the experts committee for China Association of Metros. The other manufacturers include China Railway Engineering Corp. and CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd.

Zhong said the light train was essentially "made in China" as about 90 percent of the equipment was produced locally and is expected to become a new driver for growth of China's rail transport sector.

More than 20 Chinese cities have subscribed to building such light trains with a combined rail length of 3,000 kilometers, Zhong said, adding that demand would boost the country's rail transport sector.

He said the China-made light rail had been equally welcomed in the developing world, particularly in Southeast Asia. Exports may begin when the market is mature.

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10/11/16

Permalink 11:48:36 am, by dacare, 298 words, 378 views   English (US)
Categories: Comp, Salary & Benefit

WORLD – KORN FERRY: CHINA LEADS THE WAY IN SALARY GROWTH

Real wages in China saw an annual average growth of 10.6% in the last 8 years, the highest among the G20 countries, according to a research report by Korn Ferry Hay Group.

China’s salary growth was followed by Indonesia (9.3%), and Mexico (8.9%). The worst were Turkey (-34.4%), Argentina (-18.6%), Russia (-17.1%), and Brazil (-15.3%). Growth averages for all other developed nations fell in between these figures.

“In the countries that are seeing tremendous salary growth, the issue is supply and demand,” Benjamin Frost, Korn Ferry Hay Group Global Product Manager, said. “With countries like China seeing a whopping 75.9% GDP growth since the beginning of the recession, universities and corporations simply can’t train people fast enough. This leaves an acute talent shortage and points to the reason skilled employees are seeing steep pay increases.”

The firm’s research focused on the G20, nations with the world's leading economies, and compared inflation-adjusted pay and GDP in each. The US fared poorest in pay recovery among Western developed nations. Canada’s recovery was the best, with 7.2% real salary growth on average and a GDP gain of 11.2%. Other developed nations experienced flat to modest real salary growth, with Australia at 5.9%, France at 5.2%, Germany at 5%, Italy at 2.4%, and the UK down 0.1%.

“While global economists point to this recovery overall as one of the worst in history, there are political, economic, and social reasons for the disparate salary fluctuations in different countries,” Frost said. “It examined how salaries have fluctuated globally since Lehman Brothers fell eight years ago, marking for many experts the start of the worst economic crisis and recession in generations.”

The Korn Ferry Hay Group pay data was drawn from the firm’s PayNet database, which contains salary and job data for more than 20 million workers in more than 25,000 organizations across 110 countries.

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10/10/16

Permalink 01:58:28 pm, by dacare, 656 words, 310 views   English (US)
Categories: News of China

Third-party payment licenses become increasingly valuable

Some see activity as way to expand overall business

The market value of third-party payment licenses, which help companies expand their business beyond online payments, will continue to grow in the short term in China, analysts said.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC), the country's central bank, stopped issuing new licenses in March 2015, and it has been enhancing its regulations of the third-party payment market. There are likely to be different impacts on different types of licenses, Mu Chu, an analyst from mpaypass.com.cn, a Shenzhen-based mobile payment intelligence provider, told the Global Times on Sunday.

"For example, a license for bill collection via bank cards will not be as valuable as before, as the profit margin in the bill collection business has been shrinking since the government lowered the bank card transaction fee," he said.

The PBOC cut commission charges and fees for bank cards on September 6, according to its website.

Under the new policy, card-issuing banks can't charge merchants more than 0.35 percent of the transaction amount for debit cards or more than 0.45 percent for credit cards, the PBC's document showed. Previously, the transaction fee varied among sectors.

The move will drive out some small online payment companies that make profits through counterfeiting point of sales (POS) machines with different categories to avoid transaction fees, according to an article published on domestic news portal sina.com.cn in September.

A license that has multiple functions will be scarce but the most in demand, Mu noted Sunday.

"For example, a license that covers online payments, mobile payments and bill collection via bank cards that can be used nationwide will become more and more valuable," he said.

At present, 269 third-party payment companies have licenses, and authorities have come up with more severe measures to crack down on illegal online transaction activities since 2014, according to a report by Beijing-based market consultancy Analysys International.

"Regulators will become more and more cautious in controlling existing licenses, but considering the added value that third-payment licenses can offer companies, their value will continue to increase," Ma Tao, research director of the finance study at Analysys International, told the Global Times on Sunday.

A license cost about 50 million ($7.5 million) to 80 million yuan at the beginning of 2015, but it now costs more than 400 million yuan, the China Business Journal reported on Saturday.

Many licenses have been bought and sold repeatedly as supply is limited but demand remains high, the journal said, quoting anonymous industry insiders.

"It's not a surprise that licenses are becoming so expensive, as they help companies access the online payment market initially then expand their business," Li Chao, a senior analyst at Beijing-based research firm iResearch, told the Global Times on Sunday.

More and more companies are willing to pay more for licenses as they see the importance of the online payment market, and mergers between companies are aimed at offering a complete line of payment services, Li Zijian, vice president of Beijing-based third-party payment provider fullrich.com, told the Global Times on Sunday.

"Online payments enhance the connectivity between companies and customers and increase customer loyalty, which implies marketing opportunities," Li said.

Since the beginning of 2016, 14 merger and acquisition deals have been undertaken to get online payment licenses, according to the journal. For example, Midea Group Co spent 300 million yuan to buy Shenzhen-based third-party payment service provider Shenzhou Tongfu in August, a way to enter the online payment market, mpaypass.com.cn reported in August.

However, the growth of China's third-party payment market will slow in the near future. Total transactions in 2016 are expected to be 23 trillion yuan, representing a year-on-year growth of 52.8 percent, compared with 800 percent growth in 2013, the Analysys International report showed.

Companies should not look at obtaining online payment licenses and providing related services as an end in itself, as the market is close to saturation, Li noted. "To get more profit from the license, they should do more than offer online payment services," he said.

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10/09/16

Permalink 01:53:47 pm, by dacare, 452 words, 562 views   English (US)
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China pledges to streamline administrative approval, ease rules for foreign investors

The Chinese government on Saturday decided to streamline administrative approval, delegate more power to lower government levels and loosen rules on foreign investment in an attempt to revive the economy.

Premier Li Keqiang called for efforts to cut red tape and simplify procedures for new investment projects, according to a statement issued after an executive meeting of the State Council.

Provincial governments will approve investment projects related to container terminals, vehicle engines, urban transit systems and inland water transportation, according to the new regulations.

The China Railway Corporation will be allowed to make decisions regarding railways, bridges and tunnels, the statement said.

More private investment will be encouraged in various sectors, including medical care, education, culture and sports.

China will prohibit new projects related to industries struggling with overcapacity, such as steel, coal and electrolytic aluminum sectors.

In principle, no new gasoline-powered vehicle factories will be allowed to open.

In 2013 and 2014, the central government moved a raft of administrative approval procedures, and delegated approval power, to lower government levels.

The meeting stressed measures to improve the country's business environment. More efforts are needed to create a level playing field for both domestic and foreign companies, the statement said.

Following China's revisions to four laws regulating inbound investment last month, the meeting agreed that some administrative approvals will no longer be necessary for foreign investors setting up businesses on the Chinese mainland.

Such investors are now only required to report business plans to local regulators, as long as their business is not on a "negative list." The government estimates that this means more than 95 percent of procedures will be cut.

The practice has been proved satisfactory in pilot free trade zones in Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian.

Despite an economic slowdown, China remains an attractive destination for foreign companies due to the country's continued opening up as well as the improving business environment.

Foreign direct investment in the mainland during the first eight months of 2016 increased 4.5 percent year on year to 85.9 billion U.S. dollars, up from 4.3 percent in the first seven months, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Altogether 18,538 new foreign-funded enterprises were established in the country over the same period, up 10.2 percent on a year earlier.

The government will continue to improve services and supervision to expand the country's opening up, the statement said.

In addition, the meeting pledged efforts to modernize agriculture, encouraging diversified business models and the mechanization and informatization of the sector. Financing support will also be increased.

China will also curb agricultural pollution by adopting strict rules on the use of fertilizers and additives, and strengthen the supervision of farm produce.

The government will work to enhance farmers'incomes and guarantee their urban housing demands, the statement said.

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