Xinhua world economic news summary at 0900 GMT, Nov. 16

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan plans to increase two-way trade with Afghanistan to 2 billion U.S. dollars by 2023 and resume direct flights between the two countries starting next year, a presidential decree announced on Monday.

According to the schedule, Tashkent to Kabul and Tashkent to Mazar-i-Sharif regular direct flights are planned to be launched in January 2021. (Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Trade)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's export of information and communications technology (ICT) products kept rising for five straight months through October, a government report showed Monday.

The ICT export increased 6.0 percent from a year earlier to 16.4 billion U.S. dollars in October, continuing to grow for five months running, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. (S. Korea-ICT-Export)

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SUVA -- Small and micro enterprises form the backbone of the Fijian economy, said a Fijian government minister on Monday.

Fiji's Local Government Minister Premila Kumar said that small and micro enterprises contribute over 18 percent of the island nation's GDP and provide employment for about 60 percent of the Fijian labor force. (Fiji-Suva-Small and micro enterprises)

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TOKYO -- Japan's economy in the July-September period increased an annualized real 21.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, logging the largest gain in 40 years, government statistics revealed Monday.

However, a gradual resumption of economic activities has yet to bring the economy back to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, according to government data. (Japan-GDP) Enditem

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