THE SME 2003 exposition at the PWTC in Kuala Lumpur got off to a good start with a turnout of about 5,000 visitors recorded over Thursday and yesterday.
L.S. Chan, managing director of main organiser Expomal Network Sdn Bhd, told StarBiz that the turnout was very encouraging this year with many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) showing interest.
Expo statistics showed that more than 200 companies had effected one to one business matching.
The event featured a total of 350 booths representing 204 SMEs, banks and finance companies, solution providers, infrastructure and IT corporations and foreign trade offices.
This is the fourth year we are holding the expo and a bigger one is planned next year, Chan said of the event, which carried the theme Globalisation & SME Development.
The expo comprises the Golden Bull Award Showcase; OA 2003 Malaysia's Inaugural Office Automation Fair; and Malaysia Premium 2003.
Trade representative booths were also set up by India, China, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Pakistan, Peru, Poland and Iran.
At least two ministers graced the occasion. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin delivered the keynote address on The importance of Intellectual Property for SMEs on the first day.
Zimbabwe Minister of SME Development Sithembiso G.G. Nyomi, who led a trade team on a learning and investment-seeking mission, also presented a talk.
Business seminars and presentations were lined up throughout the two days, the most noteworthy being the India trade delegation's talk on Trade & Investment Opportunities in India by Dr B. Yerram Raju and Andhra Pradesh commissioner of industries Sameer Sharma.
There was also a presentation on brand building by Studeo Grafix managing director Wesley Chuah, one on intellectual property by president of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association of Malaysia Chuah Jern Ern, and the art of persuasive communication by business consultant Marco Robinson.
The highlight was the Golden Bull SME showcase. The big corporate boys such as Telekom Malaysia, Matrade, Public Bank, Alliance Bank, EON Bank, insurers Great Eastern Life Assurance, to name a few, stole the show with their elaborate and eye-catching displays.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs parliamentary secretary Wong Kam Hoong also spoke on The Importance of Branding for SMEs towards Global Market and Nyomi on Globalisation & SME Development: Zimbabwe's Ex- perience.
Today is the last day of the expo which is open from 10.30am to 6pm.
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