On January 16, the Briefing on the 16th China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) for Overseas Institutions in Guangzhou & New Year Reception was held in Guangzhou. Mr. Ren Xiaotie, Deputy Secretary-general of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, attended the event and delivered a welcome address. Other guests present at the event included Tu Gaokun, director-general of the Department of Industry and Information Technology of Guangdong Province, Ye Dingda, Deputy Director-general of the SME Bureau of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Yao Dehong, Director-general of the Guangdong SME Bureau, Ouyang Jiangxuan, Vice Inspector of the Foreign Affairs Office, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and other heads from organizations concerned. The event was chaired by He Zuoxian, Deputy Director-general of the Guangdong SME Bureau and Director-general of the Bureau of CISMEF.
Ren Xiaotie said, General Secretary Xi Jinping had recently stressed on different occasions the need to unswervingly support the development of the private sector and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In 2018, Guangdong registered an added value of RMB 3,783.724 billion in the private sector, an increase of 7.1%, accounting for 53.6% of the provincial GDP. The private sector has become the main force in promoting the sustained and steady growth of Guangdong’s economy. Having been held for 15 consecutive years, CISMEF has effectively promoted the exchanges and cooperation on products and technologies of SMEs all over the world. As one of the hosts, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province attaches great importance to CISMEF as a platform for the economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between China and foreign countries. The year 2019 will witness greater opportunities and wider space for the cooperation and exchanges between the SMEs from China and all over the world. CISMEF will seize current opportunities. CISMEF will seize current opportunities, take on the historical mission of building a new opening-up pattern and driving high-quality development of economy, adhere to reform and innovation, and promote the common development of SMEs from all over the world.
According to Ye Dingda, CISMEF has invited 19 countries and organization to act as co-hosts in the past 15 years, attracting 47,000 SMEs inside and outside China. It is a grand international gathering of SMEs with the highest standard, largest scale, and greatest influence in China, receiving wide attention and recognition from governments, SMEs, and all sectors of society. It has become an important bridge between the SMEs from China and all over the world. In this new year, the organizing committee will continue to explore the mechanism of CISMEF, enrich the exhibitions, enhance enterprises’ sense of gaining, and promote win-win development of SMEs.
The event brought together over 100 officials and representatives from over 40 consulates general in Guangzhou, including those of Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, the UAE, Zambia, and Nepal.
At the event, the Organizing Committee of the CISMEF, presented plaques and trophies to representatives of the UAE, the co-host country of the 15th CISMEF, and persons responsible for organizing the fair in Hong Kong.
The 16th CISMEF will be held on June 24-27, 2019 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. With a theme of “Intelligence, Wisdom, Smart Manufacturing and Energy Conservation”, the fair will have a planned exhibition area of 160,000 m2, with 5,700 shell scheme booths. The China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) Complex (also called Pazhou Complex) covers an exhibition area of 60,000 m2, with 2,300 shell scheme booths for overseas theme exhibitions and provincial and municipal exhibitions; Guangdong (Tanzhou) International Convention and Exhibition Center covers 100,000 m2, with 3,400 booths for specialized exhibitions.