The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) was established in 1966, and serves as a statutory body dedicated to promoting Hong Kong trade. Its mission is to create opportunities for Hong Kong companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, by promoting trade in goods and services globally. With more than 40 offices in major business centres around the world, including 12 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC attracts overseas companies to use the Hong Kong platform for doing business with Asia, and the mainland in particular. These activities have served to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as Asia’s central business district.
To maintain this momentum, the HKTDC organises more than 800 promotional activities every year, including international conferences, trade missions and exhibitions that create opportunities for Hong Kong companies and their counterparts at home and abroad.
Hong Kong’s services industry is the pillar of the local economy, and the HKTDC emphasises promotions of Hong Kong’s world-class business services in areas which include finance, logistics, design, infrastructure, legal and accounting.
Of the more than 30 international trade fairs organised by the HKTDC every year, nine are the largest in Asia and three are the largest of their kind in the world. Nearly 34,000 exhibitors and more than 680,000 buyers were drawn to HKTDC fairs in Hong Kong during 2012-2013, enhancing the city’s reputation as Asia’s trade fair capital.
The HKTDC’s website, www.hktdc.com, features more than 1.4 million registered buyers from around the world, as well as 120,000 products and services suppliers from Hong Kong and the mainland. Users can easily search among 9,000 product categories. Sourcing is also done via more than 20 print and online product magazines and industry supplements that reach more than five million global buyers each year.
Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Hong Kong economy, and are the HKTDC’s major target audience. The HKTDC provides a series of comprehensive services to support their business development. These services include business matching, a China business advisory team, start-up support and market information.
The HKTDC produces more than 1,000 research articles each year, focusing on market trends and information, as well as industry forecasts. They are available at www.hktdc.com/Research. The HKTDC also organises more than 160 seminars, workshops and forums each year.
The HKTDC also uses multimedia communications such as videos and podcasts in conjunction with social media platforms to update audiences with new information related to Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas markets.
As well, the HKTDC also supports a series of bilateral economic and business committees with major Hong Kong trading partners such as Japan, the United States, Korea, Europe, France and Taiwan. The HKTDC also serves as the Secretariat for the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide to enhance relationships with trading partners around the world. Please visit www.hktdc.com for the latest information about the HKTDC.