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About APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Conference and Fair
As a large-scale international activity for economic and trade exchanges approved by the State Council, sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, etc., APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Conference and Fair (hereinafter referred to as APEC SMETC) has been hosted for seven times, six of which were held in China. Themed by “Technology Promotes Economy and Cooperation Creates Future”, APEC SMETC is one of the brand activities of APEC SMEs. With its fruitful achievements, it emerges in APEC as a proactive, cooperative and open image, making significant contributions to advancing technical exchanges and innovative development of APEC SMEs.
APEC SMETC has evolved into an important platform for APEC members to learn from and inspire each other, promote the innovation and development of SMEs, and for SMEs from APEC member states to carry out economic and trade cooperation, winning the recognition and praise from APEC member states
The following is the basic information about each APEC SMETC
Held in August 1996 in Tokyo, Japan, the first session of APEC SMETC was attended by many member states and yielded good results.
The second session of APEC SMETC was held from October 7 to 14, 1998 in Yantai, Shandong Province. Chinese Vice Premier Wu Bangguo attended the opening ceremony. 18 member states, 3 observers and representatives from 22 provinces, cities and municipalities in China attended the session; over 30,000 Chinese and foreign merchants (the number of foreign merchants approached 4000) visited the session and negotiated inside; booths amounted to 1056, among which there were 426 overseas booths; 504 joint venture and cooperation letters of intent were signed, domestic and foreign trade, labor and sales contracts including 257 cooperative projects with a total value of RMB 5.45243 billion were signed, among which were RMB 1.47 billion of agreement amount, RMB 1.47014 billion of trade value, RMB 2.0425 billion of domestic trade value and RMB 120 million of sales on the APEC SMETC. 198 papers from 14 APEC member states including China, Japan, US, Canada and Australia were collected, among which 100 papers were reviewed by committee of experts and, based on which, Proceedings of the 2th APEC SMETC was compiled and published.
The 8th SME Ministerial Meeting was held in Shanghai in 2001, the Declaration of APEC SME Business Forum was adopted on the meeting. The Declaration made it clear that APEC SMETC would be held in China for long term. So the APEC SMETC would be held biennially in China since the third session.
The third APEC SMETC was held from June 2 to 6, 2004 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. The State Council Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan and APEC Secretariat sent special congratulatory letters, and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Director Ma Kai and Secretary of Shandong Provincial Party Committee attended the session. There were 674 exhibitors, 1140 indoor booths, a display area of 22,000 square meters, 126 overseas enterprises; 150,000 domestic and foreign visitors were attracted, among which were over 6000 overseas merchants; export turnover reached USD 109 million, domestic trade turnover reached RMB 267 million; 102 cooperative projects were signed with a total investment of USD 370 million; five technical exchanges and five forums were held, and the global sourcing meeting yielded fruitful results.
The fourth APEC SMETC was held from May 18 to 21, 2006 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. The State Council Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan sent a congratulatory letter, NDRC Deputy Director Ou Xinqian attended the APEC SMETC and delivered a speech on theme forum. Chen Zhongquan, Executive Director of APEC Secretariat; Ruan Yufu, Vice Minister of Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment; many foreign ambassadors in China and many Asia-Pacific Presidents of Global 500 companies attended the session. There were over 1000 exhibitors, a display area of 50,000 square meters and 1600 booths. All APEC member states attended this session of APEC SMETC.
The fifth APEC SMETC was held from May 30 to June 2, 2008 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. NDRC leaders attended it and delivered speeches on theme forum. There were nearly 700 SME exhibitors, a display area of 35,000 square meters, and 1202 booths; meanwhile, 6 targeted professional forums and technology exchanges were held, supporting activities including communication conference for new products and technology projects, promotion and coordination meeting on environmental protection projects, international procurement matchmaking meeting were also carried out, providing opportunities for SMEs to tap into international markets.
The sixth APEC SMETC was held from June 30 to July 3, 2010 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. Jiang Shusheng, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech on the theme forum. There were 1738 booths and a display area of 40000 square meters. Among them were 306 overseas exhibitors with 570 booths; 821 domestic exhibitors with 1168 booths; meanwhile 9 targeted professional forums and promotion meetings as well as technical exchange activities were held.
The seventh APEC SMETC was held from June 22 to 25 in 2012 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The present domestic and foreign attendees were as follows: Sang Guowei, Vice Chairman of NPC Standing Committee, Chairman of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party; Miao Wei, Minister of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; Chief Engineer Zhu Hongren; leaders from Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Commerce; leaders at or above deputy provincial level from Sichuan, Shanxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, etc.; Irman Gusman, Chairman of Indonesian Local Council of Representatives; James King, President of American Federation of SME Development Center and Administrator of New York Administration of SME Development Center; Aoki Jung ichiro, President of Japan-China Economic Relations and Trade Center; Steven Maughan, Local Executive Chairman of Australian Labor Party and Vice President of Senate of Australia New Island Constituency; Arthur Ian, Councilor of Auckland, New Zealand; Li Shengyu, President of South Korea and China Association; Lin Xiuzhen, President of China Asia-Pacific SME Association on Economic Cooperation and Promotion. There were 1892 booths, a display area of 35000 square meters, and a special booth area of 4303 square meters, which accounted for 12.3% of the total display area. Among them were 235 overseas exhibitors with 327 booths and over 1200 domestic exhibitors with 1565 booths; the number of domestic and overseas visitors exceeded 35,000.
The eighth APEC SMETC was held from June 19 to 22 in 2014 in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province.
The ninth APEC SMETC will be held from July 14 to 16 in 2016 in Shenzhen. This session of APEC SMETC will implement the Opinions of the State Council on Supporting the Healthy Development of SMEs (GF  No. 52)and the spirit of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, enforce the strategy of “Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, boost the implementation of Made in China 2025. In combination with the application and practice of “Internet +”, under the important background of “Belt and Road” initiative and international and regional economic cooperation, the APEC SMETC will enhance cooperation and win-win spirit, share achievements and boost cooperation among SMEs from all APEC member states, deepen SME cooperation between China and other member states, and improve SME international competitiveness and the capacity of sustainable development.