HKTDC Profile
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. Our mission is to explore potential markets for Hong Kong companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and connect them with business partners all around the world. With the help of our global network of 50 offices, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, we create opportunities and promote Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with the mainland, Asia and the world.

With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC's work is guided by three main objectives:
  • Position Hong Kong as Asia's global business platform and promote Hong Kong services to the world
  • Explore new markets and create global business opportunities for Hong Kong SMEs
  • Sharpen Hong Kong SMEs' capabilities
Showcasing Hong Kong Services

To adapt to the new global economic landscape and the mainland's changing development strategy, the HKTDC helps Hong Kong companies capitalise on business opportunities by promoting Hong Kong as Asia's business platform. We strive to showcase the strengths of our services sectors to the world, promoting Hong Kong's advantages in design and marketing, licensing, entertainment, finance, ICT, infrastructure and real estate, IP trade, logistics and professional services. By organising more than 160 promotion activities and over 530 networking and outreach events a year focusing on services promotions, the HKTDC successfully connects Hong Kong services companies to about 130,000 business contacts globally. Overseas companies use Hong Kong's global business platform to access the Asian market, and the mainland in particular. These efforts serve to enhance Hong Kong's reputation as Asia's premier services hub.

Explore & Connect

To help Hong Kong SMEs explore and expand global trade and business frontiers, the HKTDC organised more than 310 trade fairs and promotion activities in 2017/18. They included conferences and exhibitions in Hong Kong, and promotions around the world. Of these activities, over half were focused on the mainland, ASEAN and emerging markets, which present promising prospects for Hong Kong services providers and exporters. In Hong Kong, the HKTDC organises more than 30 exhibitions a year, forming 11 largest marketplaces of their kind in Asia, five of which are the world's largest, including electronics, jewellery, gifts, watches & clocks and lighting. These fairs attracted around 39,000 exhibitors and more than 750,000 buyers in 2017/18, enhancing the city's reputation as Asia's trade fair capital. In addition, the HKTDC organised over 610 networking and outreach events and received 670 missions during the same period to help Hong Kong SMEs explore new markets and connect with overseas and mainland business partners. These activities also helped to expand the HKTDC's global network.

The HKTDC's website, www.hktdc.com, is another effective business-matching platform that connects global buyers and sellers. It features more than 1.9 million registered international buyers, as well as 130,000 products and services suppliers, mainly from Hong Kong, the mainland and Asia. Business matching is facilitated by more than 20 print and online product magazines and industry supplements that reach five million global buyers in some 200 countries and regions each year. The HKTDC's transaction platform for small-order sourcing - hktdc.com Small Orders - complements the main sourcing portal and serves today's changing market needs.

Enhancing Hong Kong SMEs' Capabilities

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Hong Kong's economy. Enhancing the competitiveness of Hong Kong SMEs and start-ups in the digital era will be a major focus of the HKTDC's work to help sustain Hong Kong's long-term economic growth.

As part of this effort, the HKTDC organises more than 110 targeted events, such as SME-focused exhibitions, seminars, workshops and forums each year, which are attended by over 36,000 Hong Kong SMEs. In addition to the in-house business intelligence news site, Hong Kong Means Business, the HKTDC Research Department also provides timely market information, sharing some 2,500 research articles a year across a broad range of topics, including market trends and industry forecasts. Other support services include a China business advisory team located at the HKTDC SME Centre, which serves as a resource hub for up-to-date market intelligence.

Please visit www.hktdc.com/aboutus for more information about the HKTDC.



July 2018