The General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council have recently issued the Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Sound Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (the Opinions). It puts forward specific requirements from seven aspects including guiding ideology, creating a sound development environment, solving the problem of financing difficulties, improving fiscal and taxation support policies, improving innovation and development capabilities, improving service support, and strengthening organizational leadership and overall coordination.
As a studious staff working to serve the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), I will naturally not let go any documents related to SMEs. As soon as the Opinions was released, I immediately started reading it and felt that every point mentioned in it was full of practical information. Give a like! Point 4 in Article 6 is just to the point of what we are doing!
China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) was first launched in 2004 with the approval of the State Council of China. It is co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province. It is held annually in Guangdong Province and has been successfully held for 15 successive years as an international fair certificated by the Union of International Fairs (UFI). It aims to build a platform to display, trade, exchange and cooperate for SMEs both at home and abroad. It’s an important handle of promoting the development of SMEs and has been co-hosted with 19 countries (international organizations).
CISMEF has always been highly valued and cared by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council (as it has been twice written into the State Council’s documents):
We support the establishment of various product and technology exhibition centers of SMEs, and try to organize exhibitions and fairs such as CISMEF.
——Several Opinions of the State Council on Further Promoting the Development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (No.36  of the State Council)
We will study and innovate the mechanism of organizing CISMEF and promote breakthroughs in internationalization, marketization and specialization.
Opinions of the State Council on Further Supporting the Sound Development of Micro and Small Enterprises (No. 14  of the State Council)
It’s so exciting that CISMEF has been once again mentioned in the documents issued by the Central Committee of the CPC and the State Council. We will keep in mind the initial intentions and will not disgrace our mandate. We will comprehensively implement the important statement made by General Secretary Xi Jinping on supporting the development of SMEs, and regard the sound holding of CISMEF as an important measure to carry out the central government’s decision-making and deployment that support the development of SMEs. We should seize the opportunity when the central government promotes the Belt and Road Initiative as well as builds the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, to work around the theme of the development of SMEs, especially for the promotion of international exchanges and cooperation among SMEs and leading the high-quality development of SMEs. We should seek to work with international first-class exhibitions, continuously improve the level of hosting exhibitions and fairs and build CISMEF into an international brand of its kind.
We are setting off from a new start-point in the 16th CISMEF.
The 16th CISMEF will be held in Guangzhou from June 24 to 27, 2019 with a theme of “Intelligence, Wisdom, Smart Manufacturing and Energy Conservation”. The fair will have an exhibition area of 160,000 m2, including 60,000 m2 set aside for China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair), which will hold theme exhibitions for overseas exhibitors (including exhibition areas for the guests of honor, international exhibitors and exhibitors from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and theme exhibition for domestic exhibitors (including provincial, municipal and cross-border e-commerce exhibition areas). Two specialized exhibitions of smart home appliances exhibition and international furniture exhibition have been held at Tanzhou International Conference and Exhibition Center in Guangzhou, from March 4 to 6, 2019 and from March 17 to 20, 2019 respectively.