Ad­ver­to­rial In­ter­na­tional busi­ness fair pro­motes en­tre­pre­neur­ial co­op­er­a­tion, trade

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - QIU QUANLIN in Guangzhou qi­uquan­lin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

planned at the 2017 CISMEF Some ex­hibits of the 14th China In­ter­na­tional Small and Medium En­ter­prises Fair

The an­nual China In­ter­na­tional Small and Medium En­ter­prises Fair has played an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role of strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be tween C hi­nese busi­ness own­ers and their over­seas coun­ter­parts, said the event’s or­ga­niz­ers.

This year’s fair will start on Oct 10 in Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, with 6,000 booths that cover a to­tal area of 150,000 square me­ters.

Over the past 13 years, more than 8,200 over­seas com­pa­nies had par­tic­i­pated in the fair, and 16 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions had served as co-hosts of the event.

Fol­low­ing Rus­sia and In­dia, South Africa be­comes a co-host of the fair this year, show­ing the im­por­tant role of the fair of pro­mot­ing trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion among mem­bers of BRICS, a com­monly used acro­nym for the emerg­ing-mar­ket economies of Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa.

The United Na­tions In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion is an­other co-host of this year’s event.

“Thanks to its grow­ing im­por­tance of pro­mot­ing co­op­er­a­tion among global SMEs, more coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have shown their in­ter­ests in co-host­ing the event,” said He Zuox­ian, deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Guang­dong SME Bureau and di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Bureau of CISMEF.

He said a grow­ing num­ber of coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United Arab Emi­rates, Nige­ria, Bri­tain and Is­rael, are pre­par­ing to send del­e­ga­tions to the event and will talk to the or­ga­niz­ers about pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion with the fair in fu­ture years.

Edith Vries, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment of South Africa, said the an­nual CISMEF has be­come a global stage where the coun­try’s en­trepreneurs dis­play their prod­ucts to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

“We in­tend to use the fair as a plat­form to un­lock mar­kets for our small busi­nesses and co­op­er­a­tives,” Vries said.

He added that South Africa will bring to the fair some of its most dy­namic en­ter­prises from North West, Free State and Lim­popo prov­inces, in­volv­ing a va­ri­ety of sec­tors, in­clud­ing agro-pro­cess­ing, biodiesel pro­duc­tion, jew­elry man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, tex­tile and fash­ion, farm­ing, so­lar en­ergy and tourism.

So u t h Af r i c a ’s bu s i n e s s trends and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial land­scape re­quire far more so­phis­ti­cated skills to achieve in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness to en­sure ac­cess to global mar­kets for SMEs, the di­rec­tor­gen­eral said.

“We be­lieve that small, medium and mi­cro en­ter­prises and co­op­er­a­tives are im­por­tant driv­ers of eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation,” Vries said.

In to­tal, more than 70 small, medium and mi­cro en­ter­prises of South Africa will pro­mote their prod­ucts and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing this year’s event.

The event’s or­ga­niz­ers have launched a se­ries of over­seas pro­mo­tions to show­case the an­nual fair, and 1,028 ex­hi­bi­tion booths have been con­firmed al­ready by busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions from 31 coun­tries and re­gions.

The fair will in­clude spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion zones cov­er­ing coun­tries re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Africa, the Mid­dle East and Europe, as well as China’s Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan.

“Since the an­nounce­ment of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Poland has been will­ing to be a part of it and an im­por­tant trade and eco­nomic part­ner for China,” said Joanna Skoczek, con­sul gen­eral of Poland in Guangzhou.

Skoczek said the num­ber of Chi­nese vis­it­ing Poland in the first quar­ter of 2017 in­creased by 85 per­cent com­pared with the same pe­riod last year. The trade vol­ume be­tween Guang­dong and Poland was nearly $4.2 bil­lion in 2016, in­creas­ing 13.3 per­cent yearon-year and ac­count­ing for over one-fifth of the to­tal be­tween China and Poland.

“Chi­nese busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to visit Poland to strengthen the mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of trad­ing, in­vest­ment and ed­u­ca­tion,” Skoczek said.

She also said that 96 per­cent of Pol­ish com­pa­nies are small and medium-sized en­ter­prises, many of which are fam­ily busi­nesses and con­trib­ute the greater part of the coun­try’s GDP.

“Poland is known world­wide for the qual­ity of its food, such as ap­ples and milk, which are al­ready avail­able on the Chi­nese mar­ket. We be­lieve that Chi­nese con­sumers will be more open for new tastes of Pol­ish food in the near fu­ture,” Skoczek said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fair, scan the QR code, call 8620-83137630 or log on to www.cismef.com.cn

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