Strong turnout at SME expo


  • Business
  • Saturday, 25 Oct 2003

BY JAMES CHONG

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.”  

L.S. Chan (right) showing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin the Golden Bull's showcase at the SME 2003 expo.

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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