1 July 2002
TDC News(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 04,2002)
Vol 4, 2002
HONG Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) chairman Peter Woo recently attributed Hong Kong's long history of economic success to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
"SMEs are heroes and champions of world trade. In 20 years, they lifted Hong Kong's international trade ranking to 10th, up from 23rd," he said.
During a recent opening ceremony for TDC's annual Market Day Exhibition, Woo reaffirmed TDC's dedication to serving SMEs in the era of Chinese mainland membership in the World Trade Organization.
"It is important to build critical mass to enhance Hong Kong as a haven for SME entrepreneurs from the Chinese mainland and overseas," he said.
Hong Kong is well positioned to help all SMEs develop mainland business. "While the big dragon stretches on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and SMEs are ready to reach for new markets," Woo said.
Overseas SMEs can use Hong Kong's platform and business model to expand in the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is a natural site to meet and forge partnerships.
During the Market Day, a cocktail reception highlighted the 35th anniversary of Hong Kong Enterprise, TDC's flagship product-promotion magazine.
With print and online versions, Enterprise, together with sister publications like Hong Kong Electronics, offers a complete sourcing package to traders in all markets.
TDC executive director Michael Sze presented 35th anniversary souvenir editions of Enterprise to eight leading Hong Kong companies, all featured in the October 1967 inaugural issue and still appearing in TDC publications.
The companies celebrating this long-term success and the associated growth were: Shell Electric Mfg (Holdings) Co Ltd; Sunnex Products Ltd; Kin Hip Metal & Plastic Fty Ltd; David Hot Blocking Press Ltd; Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Mfy Ltd; Wing Shing Mfg Co Ltd; Kinway Garments Ltd; and Grand Metal Works Ltd.
"Innovative and enduring, these companies are not merely industry leaders. They also represent the spirit of Hong Kong business, in the process helping to place Hong Kong products and services in every corner of the world," Sze said.
"The enterprise, innovation, ingenuity and dedication of Hong Kong's business community - its traders, manufacturers, service providers and workers - still fuels Hong Kong's success story."
With nearly 170 exhibitors, the SME Market Day had helpful displays from business organizations, government departments and private-sector companies, all under a single roof to give SME executives easy access to practical services and information.
Among the exhibitors were trade promotion organizations and agencies from 24 countries and regions, all showcasing how SMEs can secure business partnerships with appropriate counterparts. Eight pavilions covered world market access, Chinese mainland trade, global connections, SME financing, IT and e-commerce, trade services, public services and design services.
TDC branch directors from around the world shared first-hand market intelligence and insights. Numerous seminars and workshops took place, while open forums and presentations stimulated business ideas and information exchanges.
|(Clockwise from top left) In 1913, Hong Kong film-makers released their pioneer production, Zhuang Zi Tests His Wife; Jackie Chan, Asia's best-known movie star, appears hard at work making Highbinders; Maggie Cheung's clothing from In the Mood for Love attracted attention at Cannes; Nancy Kwan as Suzie Wong and William Holden as Robert Lomax starred in The World of Suzie Wong, released in 1960.|
FILM-industry movers and shakers at the recent Cannes Film Festival in France were amazed to learn that the first Hong Kong feature movie appeared only 20 years after the Lumiere Brothers staged the world's first public screening in Paris in 1895.
TDC's largest-ever pavilion at Cannes traced the roots and development of Hong Kong's movie industry. A multi-media exhibition entitled Hong Kong - The Road to International Stardom featured photographs, video trailers and such movie artefacts as outfits worn by actress Maggie Cheung when making In the Mood for Love (2000).
"Hong Kong movies are not just about kung fu. We are also strong in comedy, drama, production and digital craftsmanship. No doubt, our promotion at Cannes attracted more overseas movie players to work with Hong Kong talent," said TDC senior services promotion manager Rachel Chan.
The exhibition covered 100 years starting with Hong Kong's first movie release. Successful productions like In the Mood for Love and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) create a rising role, increasing access to overseas investors and international talent.
Early in the 20th century, Hong Kong released its first feature movie Zhuang Zi Tests His Wife.
"Hong Kong was part of world cinema from the beginning. Our movie talent, production teams, film crews and directors commanded global attention by the 1950s," said Chan.
When the beautiful Nancy Kwan starred as Suzie Wong, with William Holden as Robert Lomax, in The World of Suzie Wong (1960), Hong Kong captured an international audience.
Success intensified with the arrival of fighting dragon Bruce Lee in the 1970s, creating a new genre dominated by martial arts. In the 1990s, action maestro Jackie Chan succeeded in mainstream Hollywood, paving the way for other Hong Kong stars.
Director John Woo's success with Broken Arrow and Face/Off shattered the myth that Hong Kong was good only at fight flicks. Michelle Yeoh's brilliance as strong-willed Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon banished another stereotype: the exotic Asian woman.
In June, the entertainment industry starred again at the Hong Kong Int'l Film and TV Market (Filmart 2002), attracting 1,612 buyers from 40 countries and regions (up 35% on last year) to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"Being bigger than ever, Filmart was a good platform to make industry contacts. We saw more European and US buyers," said Teerachai Triwongwaranat from Hong Kong exhibitor Golden Harvest Entertainment Co Ltd.
"We met Southeast Asian buyers who did not attend Cannes. They were interested in becoming our agents for distributing Shaw Brothers' titles we bought earlier," said Celestial Pictures Ltd executive vice-president Gordon Cheung.
Gerardo Dominguez, from first-time participant La Raza-Mex Distribution of Mexico, had more than 700 Mexican titles on hand. "In addition to contacts from Hong Kong, we met buyers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan and made some deals," he said.
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