We, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have always been the important core member to help develop the economy of Hong Kong. Up till this day, there are more than 97% of the Enterprises in Hong Kong employ less than 50 people in their companies. These Enterprises belong to the SME sector. We, the SMEs are the group of people normally working hard and contributing to the society in a quiet manner. Also we are the people who create thousands of job opportunities and feed up thousands of families in Hong Kong. Therefore, in order to keep Hong Kong as a prosperous and stable city where the citizens can live in peace and work with joy, the Government is obliged to maintain the SMEs in their competitive advantages status in Hong Kong. On the other hand, we the SME must unify ourselves together as a mission, to voice out our opinions to the Government, fight for more and better business opportunities for ourselves. We also are the group of people who embrace and passionate about this mission, so that is the reason why we are here today together lined up and celebrated the inaugruation of “Hong Kong Greater China SME Alliance Association”.
We all know that Hong Kong SMEs have always been growing in hardship and keeping up our business in difficult times. From industrial business moving up north to China, differences between Hong Kong and China accounting management systems, protection of intellectual properties to later on the crisis of SARS, global financial tsunami, and up to these days the soaring price of the rent, the appreciation of Renminbi. We are good at being flexible and pragmatic towards the adverse business environments and this has helped us overcome the tough periods of time one after one.
However, the present Hong Kong business environment is apparently more favourable to the rich. Facing the political turmoil in Hong Kong nowadays, the usual silent SME group has been “misrepresented” in which our needs have not been truly reflected to our Government.
According to a Study Survey of China Institute of City Competitiveness, the figure shows Hong Kong has dropped to the 6th in the national ranking and 1 grade lower than last year; the Growth of Competitiveness is ranking No.18 is also 1 grade lower than last year. The fact is clear to tell us that as SMEs we need to co-operate with each other in unity in order to be able to catch this "Greater China Highway Train", so that we would be able to keep up with the competitiveness.
With the sense of crisis, we were urged to unite together with our business fellows from different business SME sectors, these are the people who embrace the same vision and desire wanting to form an allied Association with us, so that the body of SMEs can be empowered and enlarged. Our vision is to love and care each other, serve each other unconditionally; be equal and respectful; embrace the same vision and team spirit; together we overcome difficulties in unity; work hard and be innovative; also we share mutual benefits and enjoy our successes together as one body, and we are always looking ahead towards to a greater level of excellence. In the past one year, there are more than 300 SMEs have become our members. Some of them are famous in their industries locally and globally. Also we have organised many delegations visiting various business sectors and local governments as well as exchanging business ideas with local private business people and having factory visits in China, cities are such as Yiwu and Wuyishan in Fujian Province etc. All these have laid the fundation for SMEs' future development and created more business opportunities for our SME members.
We are looking ahead of our future with hope, we will keep "SME First" as our principle, and we will continue to play an even more important role between China and Hong Kong Trade. Also we determine to become the important bridge amongst the "Government, Business and Citizens" in this Greater China Region. Moreover, we wish you all SME fellow pioneers, come and join us together to fight for the betterment of our SMEs in the Greater China Region and Hong Kong.