TDC sets up centre for SMEs

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 August, 1998, 12:00am

The Trade Development Council (TDC) is strengthening its support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by opening a Business InfoCentre at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


The InfoCentre, renamed from the TDC Business Library, offers a comprehensive collection of market and trade information, as well as services tailored for SMEs.


Yesterday's opening ceremony was combined with the start of the TDC's Market Day, a two-day promotion of the council's activities and services.


TDC chairman Victor Fung Kwok-king said the TDC's services were tailored to serve the expansion needs of different industries, helping them promote Hong Kong's quality products and services to the world.


Mr Fung said the TDC had already lessened the burden on SMEs by freezing service fees for 12 months, effective from April.


Also, from August 1, the TDC lowered the import-application fee, 'which will bring a saving of $200 million to the business community', he said.


Catherine Tsang, manager at Me-Dic Enterprises, a garment manufacturer and exporter, said she was hoping to find out from the TDC how her company could export directly to customers.


The chief manager at Banca Di Roma, Giovanni Orgera, said other countries provided this kind of service but Hong Kong seemed to do it better than everyone else.


'Certainly for our customers this is a good thing,' he said.


'Whereas before I had to recommend a number of places where they could get information, now I recommend only one.'