TDC in move to broaden Web site with five industry-specific portals

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 12:00am

Five industry-specific portals have been added to the Trade Development Council's (TDC) Web site to provide enterprises with market information and business opportunities.

Deputy executive director Anna Lai Wong Oi-ling said the portals would provide a new service platform for Hong Kong's small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

'The new portals aim to offer industry-specific services to players in targeted industries and keep them informed of new business opportunities,' she said.

'They also provide a framework for TDC to co-operate with specialised [e-commerce] service providers or strategic partners in giving support to Hong Kong's major industries.'

The portals cover the five leading export industries - electronics, garments and textiles, gifts, toys, and timepieces and jewellery.

Mrs Lai said manufacturers and traders could find overseas buyers for their products through a bidding service on the Web sites.

They would also be informed of the latest trends in their markets and changes in import regulations.

'We will also provide up to date information on the policy changes relevant to China's accession to the World Trade Organisation,' she said.

According to Mrs Lai, the introduction of the portals signified a big step forward for tdctrade.

com, the Web site dedicated to offer support to SMEs.

'Specialisation is our way forward in developing tdctrade.

com,' she said. 'We will add new features and services with the aim of developing the Web site into a major marketplace for business-to-business transactions in cyber space.'

Mrs Lai said that before the launch of in February the TDC Web site had received about 300,000 hits a day but the figure had increased to 700,000. The cost of maintaining the Web site was likely to rise to HK$20 million this year, from an average of HK$13 million previously.