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World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo Open
Twin Shows Feature Nearly 670 Exhibitors From All over the World

  Officiating at the opening ceremony today for World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo are (first row, left to right): Victor Lo, Chairman of the Hong Kong Design Centre; Bruno Durieux, President, French Foreign Trade Advisors National Committee; John Tsang, Financial Secretary; Fred Lam, Executive Director, HKTDC; and Yu Kwok Chun, Chairman of the SME Committee, HKSAR Government

Speaking at the opening ceremony today for the two shows, Financial Secretary John Tsang said it was no coincidence that commerce and innovation have combined to produce these two popular and vibrant events


An IDT Expo exhibitor from Kawasaki, Japan, part of a contingent of 16 exhibitors from the city, demonstrates one of his products to an attentive John Tsang, Financial Secretary. A household machine, the Japanese innovation can decompose rubbish into water and carbon dioxide. Kawasaki has extensive experience in producing products for the environmental industry

3 December 2009 – Nearly 670 exhibitors are taking part in HKTDC World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo (IDT Expo), which opened this morning and continue through 5 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The concurrent expos focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and feature a wide variety of branding and technology presentations, exhibitions, seminars and networking events. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the twin expos are designed to help SMEs find partners and business opportunities, as well as the innovative ideas and applied technology they need to stay competitive. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony today for the two shows, Financial Secretary John Tsang said it was “no coincidence that commerce and innovation have combined to produce these two popular and vibrant events.” Commerce and innovation, he said, are now more interdependent than ever. “On the one hand, increasing competition from globalisation has got companies constantly looking for the latest trends and designs. On the other hand, new technologies are shaping the focus of innovation and the way we do business. All this as governments look to SMEs and innovators to pull us out of the worst global financial crisis since the 1930s, and achieve more sustainable development.” 

Also speaking at the joint opening, HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam said: “For the next three days, these two global events will bring innovation and insight, design and technology, market intelligence and networking promise to small and medium-sized enterprises from all over the world.” 

Exhibitors to the ninth World SME Expo total 323, up 36 exhibitors over last year’s expo. The show is broadly divided into two main areas, Solutions Hall and Opportunities Hall. 

Major Mainland Presence
Opportunities Hall includes nearly 100 Chinese mainland exhibitors. The Saigon Industry Corp, the Osaka International Business Promotion Center and the Jafza-Jebel Ali Free Zone are exhibiting for the first time at the fairs. Nearly 90 chambers, trade promotion organisations and trade commissions and consulates from all over the world are also here to talk up business and investment opportunities in their countries and regions. 

At Solutions Hall, SMEs get help with all their business needs, from financial and legalservices to IT, e-business solutions and more. BlackBerry, China Mobile, Dun & Bradstreet, eBay, Federal Express, Visa, Yahoo! and many other major international companies are exhibiting at Solutions Hall.

World SME Expo also offers a wide variety of seminars covering three major themes: China trade practice and solutions; global market opportunities; and SME management issues.

The Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd’s New Market Seminar series spotlights opportunities in Africa, ASEAN, the mainland, India, Korea, the Middle East and Taiwan.

French Design
IDT Expo this year features 345 exhibitors, up 18 over 2008. France, this year’s partner country, is showcasing the latest in design at the expo’s Trade Hall. South Korea, the Netherlands and Spain are also exhibiting at Trade Hall. 

The show’s other major theme zone, Inspiration Hall, includes nearly 60 design works from Hong Kong design and technology professionals. It also spotlights nearly 40 Hong Kong and French designers, and their brands, including Chocolate Rain, Evian, Feel Good, Hermès, Marc & Chantal, Perrier and Toy 2R. In addition, a purpose-built 3D cinema features the creative work of a variety of Hong Kong talent. 

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

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Joe Kainz
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Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

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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