Street Vendors Gained Permission in Major Cities – Josie Liu’s blog

street+vendor.jpgA comeback for street vendors, but to qualify you have to prove to be poor or laid-off. From Josie Liu’s blog:

The city of Chongqing is preparing to carry out new policies allowing street vendors to do their business, after decades of banning and cracking down on them, city newspapers reported.

The city government said recently that some back streets and alleys in the city will be open to street vendors within this year, with more than 10,000 spots already planned, providing over 15,000 jobs. To get a spot, applicants should be laid-off workers of government or state-owned enterprise, low-income people and migrant workers, according to local newspapers.

Just a few days ago, Shanghai government revealed similar policy initiatives, allowing street vendors in certain areas and certain hours, which is expected to take effect in the second half of this year, China Central Television reported. [Full Text]

– Also’s Chongqing story and Shanghai story (both in Chinese)

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