AT a ceremony held last night in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Governor Chris Patten presented his Annual Award for Industry and praised the winners for their ''outstanding achievements and efforts on behalf of Hong Kong''. The reception and prize-giving ceremony was attended by 750 guests, representing the whole spectrum of manufacturing and industrial enterprises in the territory. It was the culmination of a co-ordinated effort by many people involved in organising the event and those who participated in the adjudicating process in all six award categories which cover key sectors of the economy. The Governor's Award for Industry, introduced in 1989, is a scheme designed to recognise and encourage excellence in various aspects of industrial performance. The award has been consolidated and developed from a number of previous plans that highlighted success in various spheres of industry and manufacturing. They include the Governor's Award for Hong Kong Design, organised annually since 1969 by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and the New Product Award, held each year since 1970 by The Chinese Manufacturers' Association (CMA) of Hong Kong. In 1988, the then Governor, Sir David (now Lord) Wilson, in his address to the opening session of the 1988-89 Legislative Council, revealed his plan to establish the Governor's Award for Industry. The scheme has since evolved into a much wider awards system, having been broadened and rationalised in scope, both to avoid overlap and to recognise other equally important aspects of industrial performance. The Governor's Award, now in its fifth year, presently covers the following categories: Consumer Product Design; Machinery and Equipment Design; Productivity; Quality; Environmental Performance; and Export Marketing. Different organisations are responsible for the competitions held in each award segment. In 1989, the award plan began with only two product-based sections, Consumer Product Design and Machinery & Equipment Design. The Federation of Hong Kong Industries is responsible for the first category, which recognises the importance of design in consumer products. Good design in machinery and equipment for use in manufacturing is recognised by the award scheme organised by the CMA. Two years ago, the Productivity and Quality award categories, organised by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Industry Department respectively, were added. Both are company-based sectors of the scheme which recognise the endeavours of localfirms in achieving improved productivity and better quality in their manufacturing processes. Bosses in Hongkong, it seems, are generally aware of their own shortcomings when under pressure. While they may have little time to devote to routine matters, it is their able, omnipresent secretary that carries the day. Last year, the Governor's Award for Industry was expanded from four to six categories with the addition of two more company-based segments: The Environmental Performance Award, run by the Private Sector Committee on the Environment, recognises efforts by manufacturers to protect the environment in their industrial processes, while the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Export Marketing Award gives the nod to outstanding achievers in that category. Overall co-ordination of the award scheme is provided by the Organising Committee of the Governor's Award for Industry. The committee is chaired by the Director-General of Industry, Ms Denise Yue, while its membership is drawn from a wide range of industrial support organisations in the territory. Annual competitions are held within the guidelines set by this committee. Ineach category the most outstanding entry wins the Governor's Award for Industry. A total of 124 entries were submitted for the scheme this year. The six leading organisers may also make subsidiary awards in each category or confer certificates of merit on deserving entries. Responsibility for the Governor's Award within the Industry Department rests with the Industrial Extension Service (IES) section, run by Mabel Yue, principal trade officer. The IES assists the organising committee, co-ordinates the activities of the Award's main organisers, calls press conferences, and organises functions and meetings in connection with the scheme. The IES also prepares brochures and publicity materials, supervises the Quality Award category, solicits sponsorship to cover the scheme's costs and makes arrangements for the award presentation ceremony. This year, the cost of organising the 1993 Governor's Award for Industry was $3 million. The organising committee, which received $100,000 each from 16 sponsors to support the scheme, intends to finance it entirely through sponsorship in future. The deadline for entries in the Governor's Award for Industry competition is usually mid-June, following which leading organisers carry out the initial screening and preliminary assessment of submissions. Reports are then submitted to the final judging panels for deliberation. In each award category the final selection process is carried out by panels of judges whose members are chosen for their professional expertise in the relevant area of industrial performance. In order to ensure consistency of judging standards, all six panels have the same chairman - Sir Roger Lobo, CBE, LLD, JP - who has held the post since 1991. To accord due recognition to the sponsors, a cheque presentation ceremony is normally held in August, when the sponsors formally hand over their donations to the organising committee. During the last two weeks in September, a meeting of final judging panels in all award categories is held to determine the year's ultimate winners. Winners of the Governor's Award for Industry in each category are entitled to display the award logo for a period of three years on the company's letterheads, envelopes, etc, and on other promotional material. They also receive the Governor's Award Trophy, a handsome, individually crafted sculpture, as a permanent memento of their achievement.