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Twin Expos offer world SMEs a double shot at markets and services

Thousands of traders gather at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to explore business opportunities.
TDC Chairman Peter Woo thumbs up for "My Car", the first car designed and manufactured in Hong Kong.
The World SME Expo and Innovation and Design Expo (IDE) have attracted a total of 500 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is holding two concurrent exhibitions - The World SME Expo and Innovation and Design Expo (IDE) - at the Convention and Exhibition Centre from today (November 21) until Wednesday.

The World SME Expo, which has attracted 320 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, is designed to help SMEs strengthen their competitiveness and tap world markets more effectively.

The first ever IDE, with over 180 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions, is aimed at helping businesses move up the value chain by strengthening their technology and design capabilities.

TDC's Chairman Peter Woo said: "TDC equals connectivity for companies the world over. TDC helps companies market products and services around the world.

"Our message is simple. Wherever you come from, you use the Hong Kong platform and you are one of us, and TDC's services are available to you. Our physical marketplace of trade fairs, our virtual marketplace, tdctrade.com, and events such as World SME Expo are all here to help you connect."

Highlights of the twin Expos are:

International exchange: More than 150 delegations representing 5,000 mainland enterprises will attend World SME Expo in search of business partners.

Seventy of these mainland enterprises have been selected by business experts to give presentations on their business strengths. Around 1,000 venture capitalists and potential business partners will be attending these presentations looking for investment opportunities.

The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and TDC will hold a forum on the development of private enterprises in the mainland on the second day of the shows. The forum will focus on how mainland companies can enter world markets through Hong Kong.

Large delegations from France and Japan will be attending the two Expos. The French delegation, representing 150 companies, includes businesses from the food and beverage sector, as well as electronics and information technology, printing and packing, environmental protection and fashion and cosmetics.

The Japanese delegation, representing over 100 companies, will be looking for partners in mainland ventures.

Design and business: A "Scandinavian Design Day" will be held on the first day (November 21) of the IDE. Designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark will give talks on how Scandinavian companies have used design to build brand names and add value to their products. A design and creative industry delegation from the UK will also attend the IDE to establish contacts with Hong Kong companies.

A special pavilion will showcase the services of Hong Kong design companies and their overseas counterparts.

Opportunity in environmental protection: HSBC will be sponsoring an "HSBC Living Business ECO DAY" on the second day of the IDE, featuring a series of seminars on subjects such as opportunities in the mainland for companies involved in environmental protection.

Talks will be given on corporate social responsibility, green manufacturing, and water resources management. Environmental protection technologies and products and services provided by Hong Kong and overseas companies will also be on display in a special pavilion of environmental technologies.

Innovative technology: Companies and institutions specialising in environmental protection technology, material science, electronics technology and biotechnology will exhibit their products and services under one roof.

Enterprise support: World SME Expo will have 10 pavilions, each under a different theme: Global Business Connections, China Opportunity, Industries Meet, IT and E-Business, Management & Information, SME Financing, Legal & Accounting, Trade Services, Public Services, and World Market Access. These pavilions will offer a wide range of services tailored for SMEs.

Global opportunity: Directors of TDC offices around the world will be at the Expos to offer advice about their respective markets. These front-line branch directors will join experts to give a series of talks on market conditions in their countries.

Two other events will take place concurrently at the Expos:

Hong Kong Forum: An annual conference organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide will bring together Hong Kong business associations from 23 countries.

Business of Design Week: This large-scale conference is organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre in conjunction with the TDC. World-renowned designers and brand image consultants will share their insights and success stories with the audience.

More details are available at http://www.worldsmeexpo.com and http://www.innodesignexpo.com.

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For press enquiries, please contact the following members of the TDC Corporate Communication Department:

Lawrence Yau: 2584 4510 email: lawrence.yau@tdc.org.hk;
Vivien Chan: 2584 4394, email: vivien.pk.chan@tdc.org.hk
Katherine Chan: 2584 4537, email: katherine.cm.chan@tdc.org.hk
Beatrice Lam: 2584 4049, email: beatrice.hy.lam@tdc.org.hk

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