Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Final stage of 12th MIF sets scene for upcoming exhibition

Posted by Kimberly on October 12, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 12, 2007, page 3 (576 words)

Certificates of appreciation were presented to sponsors of the 12th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) yesterday during a press conference held at The Venetian Macao Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The certificates were presented to Mr Mark Brown, President of Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao, Mr Lai Chan Keong, Deputy General Manager of the Bank of China, Macau, Mr Alex Li, General Manager of Seng Heng Bank Ltd and Mr Timothy Cheong, Managing Director of San You Development Company.
Also presented the awards were Mr William Kuan, Executive Director of Empresa de Desenvolvimento Predial Vitoria S.A., Mr Lawrence Teo, General Manager of Marketing and Communications Crown Macau on behalf of Melco PBL and Ms Joy Gong, General Manager of Public Relations and Advertisement Division of Air Macau.
According to Mr Jackson, MIF “provides a platform service for international and local economic businesses, mainly for small and medium sized businesses, to showcase and expand their business and investments.”
This year’s exhibition, held between October 18 and 21, will have a total of 889 booths, representing an increase by 1.7 times that of last year’s 326 booths.
The exhibitors comprise 31 countries and regions across Europe, the United States, Australia, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Asia and Africa among others.
Compared with 2006, the number of participating countries rose by 48 percent.
This year’s pavilions take advantage of Macau as a service platform and include the ‘Macao Pavilion’, the ‘China’s Provinces and Cities Pavilion’, the ‘Portuguese Speaking Counties Pavilion’ and the Macao and International Enterprises Pavilion’ to name a few.
This year’s number of delegates has seen a rise of approximately 60 percent with 236 registered from 50 countries and regions.
There are also 27 local chambers participating in the exhibition, demonstrating the highest degree of participation over the past years, including the Industrial Association of Macau and Macau Shipper’s Association.
There are also a number of local government and chambers of commerce participating for the first time in the MIF, including the British Business Association of Macao who will assist the British Consul-General Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the World Federation of Chinese Entrepreneurs Organisation has set up the ‘World Chinese Entrepreneurs Innovation Award 2007 Pavilion’, made up of 27 booths.
The ‘Small and Medium Enterprises Pavilion’ ha increased this year from the original 100 booths to 115, extending across 11 industries.
This will allow SME’s in Macau to exploit new business opportunities by displaying and selling products made and traded locally.
This year, the ‘Portugal Pavilion’ has expanded to 38 booths encompassing products ranging from wine, olive oil and coffee to service industries such as banks and logistics.
The biggest pavilion this year is the ‘China’s Provinces and Cities Pavilion’ with a total of 380 booths.
The new ‘EU Pavilion’ will help create new development opportunities for trade and economic co-operation between China and Europe.
Also for the first time this year is the ‘International Convention and Exhibition Pavilion’ comprising of 15 organisations which promote a number of exhibitions including the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the 3rd International Hotel Equipment and Supplies Expo.
There will also be more than 30 sessions of seminars and presentations of products and services including from India, Angola and Cape Verde.
The main programme this year will be held in the Sicily and Naples Rooms of The Venetian with the first day of the fair solely for professional visitors where local businesses are encouraged to participate.

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