Distinguished President Ma Zhenxuan, Your Excellencies Ambassadors, and Dear Guests and Friends,
Good afternoon! Beijing becomes more beautiful and is full of energy in May. In this lovely season, we are very honored to have the 2nd World SME Conference 2019 held in this city. First of all, I, on behalf of the China Association for Small & Medium Commercial Enterprises as well as the Organizing Committee, would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and warm welcome to our distinguished leaders, guests and friends for your presence at the conference.
Building a community with shared future consolidates everyone’s strength and pools every enterprise’s hope. SMEs are the pillar of economic development in the world, and also the most dynamic and creative enterprise group. The plenary session of the United Nations decided on April 6, 2017 to designate June 27 as the “Small and Medium Enterprises Day”, which fully recognizes the important role of SMEs in achieving sustainable development goals, especially in promoting innovation, creativity and decent work for all. This further demonstrates the general consensus of the international community.
In response to resolutions of the United Nations, the China Association for Small & Medium Commercial Enterprises initiated this World SME Conference that has been steadily growing with strong support of various sectors since its inception. The first World SME Conference achieved a complete success thanks to the distinct themes, rich contents and active part of participants. The conference has been an important platform for learning from each other, exchange, cooperation, and in-depth dialogue among thousands of enterprises in many countries, regions and at home and abroad, and effectively played the role as the bridge among them, with great concern and support of related leaders. Ma Peihua and Wang Qinmin, Vice-Chairmen of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, H. E. Massimo D'Alema, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Li Yong, Director-General of United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Special Delegate Bao Ruili attended and addressed the opening ceremony of last year’s conference. The leaders of national ministries and commissions, as well as the SME delegations of Russia, the United States, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Italy and Thailand attended the conference, made speeches and took part in related activities. After more than three years of hard work, the conference is having its popularity, influence and brand effect increased.
This Press Conference is very significant and necessary to brainstorm for better hosting the 2nd World SME Conference. As we know, the concern and support of various sectors, the active part of participants and exhibitors, as well as the wide media coverage about the conference are the guarantee to success of this platform. As a result, our concerted efforts and joint work bring about a great start and a sound momentum to the conference.
The 2nd World SME Conference will kick off at Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention & Exhibition Center of China on June 21-23, 2019. With support from agencies like the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the conference is co-sponsored by China Association for Small & Medium Commercial Enterprises, the Public Diplomacy & Culture Exchange Center and Beijing Foreign Studies University, with Pizhou, Jiangsu and Hedong District, Tianjin as its co-host cities at home, and Toyama. It is also supported by a number of organizations, SMEs and NGOs, such as World Intellectual Property Organization, EU SME Centre, Chamber of India and Swiss Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises.
Next, I’ll unveil the features of the 2nd World SME Conference.
Firstly, the building of the Belt and Road is highlighted at the conference. As we all know, the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in last month. At the Forum, President Xi Jinping stressed that we need to pursue open, green and clean cooperation. That was highly applauded by heads of state and government, demonstrating remarkable and fruitful results from the forum. In this context, the Third SME Cooperation Forum for countries along the Belt and Road and the International Cooperation Summit for the 'Belt and Road' Green Development will be held during the Second World SME Conference, aiming to shape the vision of cooperation, build a platform for cooperation, share the benefits of cooperation, and expand the channels of cooperation for Chinese enterprises going global.
Secondly, the international cooperation between SMEs is much more focused on at the conference. At the last conference, we held a series of matchmaking meetings, thematic forums and negotiations, which were widely recognized by the participants and achieved expected results. We will continue our efforts to hold the conference and make satisfactory results again this year, further clarifying capacity policies, refining project matchmaking, and strengthening investment risk prevention. As a specialized conference targeting at the SMEs in various district, cities and provinces in China, and even in the world, it will pay much more attention to the analysis and study on economic formation. First, some senior government officials and ministry leaders will introduce the latest policy design and the orientation of enterprise investment cooperation. Second, famous scholars, experts and entrepreneurs at home and abroad will analyze the real economy and industry. Third, a wide range of institutions and enterprises in various countries and regions along the Belt and Road will participate in dialogues and exhibition, vigorously promoting in-depth exchange and cooperation.
Thirdly, practical results are stressed at the conference. At this conference, the theme will be more energetic and diverse, and the contents will be more compact and concise with focus on practical results. This helps to bring about more agreements and intentions for investment cooperation. In order to facilitate the exchange, communication and negotiation between participants, we will hold an opening ceremony, a main forum and numerous sub-forums, referring to the mode of “1+1+N”, to promote multi-level exchanges and mutual learning, and to pool broad consensus on cooperation. A national investment promotion platform is provided. International and domestic exhibition areas, as well as one-to-one negotiation areas are established. Great efforts are made to hold the regional investment cooperation forums among countries along the Belt and Road, between China and South Korea, and between China and Japan, and to organize sub-forums in new retail, block chain, artificial intelligence, science, technology and finance. All that will publicize the investment environment and cooperation policy of participating countries and enterprises in an all-round way. Furthermore, students at home and abroad will attend the “Entrepreneurs of Future - Simulating International Entrepreneurs' Round-Table Forum”. They will learn about the significance of business in the future world and be motivated to express their ideas in a business way. We will work for connecting and bridging all participants, opening up new opportunity, fostering new growth drivers, and providing premium exhibition-related support and service. In addition, we will make efforts to launch various matchmaking events, and to build an open, inclusive and win-win community for economic development.
The World SME Conference serves as a major platform supporting Chinese enterprises “going global” and promoting international exchange and cooperation between SMEs. The conference grows and succeeds with your support, and we expect your continuous support for its further development. The China Association for Small & Medium Commercial Enterprises is committed to working with you for better of the platform, and we are eagerly anticipant of wide media coverage about the conference. That would attract more institutions and enterprises of China, and even of the world to know it, attend it and use it, and help Chinese enterprises to go global for benefiting the people of the whole world.
At last, I would like to invite all of you and more friends from all over the world to attend the conference, and I wish the conference more fruitful results. I'm looking forward to seeing you at Beijing Yanqi Lake on June 22!