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World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo Open
Twin Shows Feature Solutions and Inspiration for SMEs

Officiating at the joint opening ceremony today for World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo are (left to right): Freeman Lau, HKTDC Council Member; Elisabeth Piskolti-Caldwell, Representative of the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO; Robert Schuddeboom, Consul-General of the Netherlands; Rita Lau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC; Cui Jie, Mayor of Chang Chun, Jilin Province; and Yu Kwok Chun, Chairman of the government's SME Committee
The Netherlands is the partner country of this year's IDT Expo. The photo shows a Dutch designer presenting some of his country's architectural highlights to Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC

10 December 2008 - HKTDC World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo (IDT Expo), two international shows designed to provide insight and information for small and medium-sized enterprises, opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Rita Lau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, officially opened the twin shows, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

The two expos have attracted some 600 exhibitors worldwide, including the Chinese mainland.

Under the theme of "Supporting SMEs, Creating New Opportunities," SME Expo features a wide range of practical services at its Solutions Hall. At Opportunities Hall, the focus is on new business opportunities, with an emphasis on trade with the Chinese mainland.

IDT Expo showcases innovative ideas in design and technology. This year, the HKTDC is partnering with the Netherlands, whose pavilion features an "Open Minds" theme. More than 270 Dutch delegates are in Hong Kong for the show. A special Dutch Day, 11 December, will feature a series of exhibitions and seminars covering a wide range of topics and issues in architecture, fashion and design.

IDT Expo includes more than 340 exhibitors from technology, design, branding and marketing consultancies, offering SMEs innovative ideas on sustainable development, environmental protection, energy-saving technology and creativity. Along with the Netherlands, the expo includes group pavilions from Barcelona, Korea and Israel, which is taking part for the first time. Two exhibition zones, Production and Automation and Digital Entertainment, are new this year to IDT Expo.

New-market opportunities are central to World SME Expo, with the Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd's New Market Seminar series an expo highlight. The seminars explore business potential in Africa, India, South America and Taiwan, with experts invited to share their insights with local SMEs. Prominent business leaders and academics will speak at a series of SME forums on topical issues related to the current economic crisis.

Notable speakers include: Professor Edward KY Chen, former President of Lingnan University; Professor Wen Yuan Kai, Professor of the Tsinghua University New Leadership Programme; Arthur Shek Kang Chuen, the Hong Kong Economic Time's Associate Publisher; Professor Raymond So, Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Eric Wong, CEO and Chairman, Richburg Motors Ltd; and Richy Szeto, Executive Director, Hung Fook Tong Holdings Ltd.

The HKTDC has organised more than 80 overseas missions to take in the two expos and discuss potential business cooperation with local SMEs.

The twin expos run until 12 December, with Inspiration Hall at IDT Expo continuing until 13 December.

Fair Websites:
HKTDC World SME Expo: www.hktdc.com/worldsmeexpo
HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo: www.hktdc.com/innodesigntechexpo

Media enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Media & Public Affairs Department:
Lyann Li       Tel: (852) 25844525     Email: lyann.my.li@tdc.org.hk
Teresa O       Tel: (852) 25844554     Email: teresa.cy.o@tdc.org.hk
Sam Ho       Tel: (852) 25844569     Email: sam.sy.ho@tdc.org.hk

About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) 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 HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC 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, www.hktdc.com



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