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World SME Expo Opens with Big Mainland Presence
More than 40,000 Expected at SME Expo and Related Events

December 12, 2007 - One of the world's largest events for small and medium-sized enterprises, World SME Expo, opened today and continues through December 14 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. About 330 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and regions are taking part in this, the 7th edition of World SME Expo.

In all, about 40,000 participants are expected at SME Expo and a variety of concurrent events, including Inno Design Tech Expo (IDT Expo) and Business of Design Week (BODW).

IDT Expo, an international design and technology fair, features about 300 exhibitors from more than 20 countries and regions. An IDT Expo highlight this year is its focus on Italy, including Italian Design Day, December 12, and Italian product pavilions showcasing everything from designer chairs to a couple of the world's most coveted automobiles.

Guest of honour at today's joint opening ceremony, Frederick Ma, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, called the two fairs "must-attend" occasions for SMEs. He noted that about 98 per cent of Hong Kong business is made up of SMEs, and that they employ about half the private sector workforce.

"The future is what World SME Expo and IDT Expo are all about," said Fred Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), organisers of World SME Expo and IDT Expo. "SMEs are coming to Hong Kong from all over the world to do business, make connections and discover new opportunities," said Mr Lam, speaking at this morning's opening ceremony.

For many, the Chinese mainland is central to those opportunities. This year, SME Expo features government officials and delegations from 20 Chinese provinces and 33 cities, making it easy for SMEs to talk business with the mainland.

This year's expo also looks to the wealth of Asian opportunities beyond the mainland, with a series of practical seminars addressing the business promise of Vietnam, Malaysia, India and other Asian countries.

Renowned management expert Dr Kenichi Ohmae will deliver the keynote speech at World SME Expo's day-long International Business Convention, December 13. Dr Ohmae will address "The Next Global Stage: Challenges and Opportunities of Globalisation in Asia."

Business of Design Week welcomes more than 100 of the world's leading designers, business leaders and educators. Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre and co-organised by the TDC, Design Week continues through December 15.

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About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.tdctrade.com

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