Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement

The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, or Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) for short, is an economic agreement between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China, signed on 29 June 2003.[1] A similar agreement, known as the Mainland and Macau Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, was signed between the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region and the Central People's Government on 18 October 2003.

Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement
Traditional Chinese內地與香港關於建立更緊密經貿關係的安排
Simplified Chinese内地与香港关于建立更紧密经贸关系的安排
Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement
Traditional Chinese更緊密經貿關係
Simplified Chinese更紧密经贸关系

Regular supplements have been signed between the Mainland and Hong Kong governments, including Supplement VIII (also referred to as CEPA VIII), which was signed on 13 December 2011 and implemented from 1 April 2012.[2] The most recent supplement, Supplement X, was signed on 29 August 2013.[3]

The two agreements and additional supplements were signed in the Chinese language; the Chinese text is therefore the authoritative text. The Hong Kong government generally provides a courtesy English translation, as English is one of the official languages of Hong Kong.[1]

In the full name of "CEPA", the "Mainland" refers to the customs territory of the People's Republic of China.