International Symposium on SME 2007

China’s Approach to SME Promotion through Public-Private Dialogue

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Anhui Provincial Government and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) have jointly organized an International Symposium on SME Promotion: “China’s Approach to SME Promotion through Public-Private Dialogue on Policy, Strategies and Developing Models”. The symposium was held on June 29th and 30th 2007 in Hefei, Anhui Province, PR China.

Opening of the Symposium by Dr. Jürgen Steiger
Opening of the Symposium by Dr. Jürgen Steiger

As a result of the NDRC announced program for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises which sought to develop and establish a co-operative business environment for SME in China, Anhui Province presented the new tested models of cooperation and promotion of industrial locations.

Interview with Hanns-Eberhard Schleyer
Interview with Hanns-Eberhard Schleyer

The symposium provided a forum to discuss international policy approaches in the field of SME Promotion especially on public-private cooperation and to share knowledge and experiences from Anhui Province. In three plenary sessions and three interactive workshops, the following major topics were addressed:

  • SME Policy and Business Environment
  • Business Development through Modern Regional Strategies
  • Business Development Services (BDS) and Development of Chambers and Associations

More than 350 participants attended the event, including high-ranking government officials from the Anhui Provincial Government, representatives of international organizations as well as German and international experts and renowned experts and scholars from research institutes and academies. National and regional media reported extensively on the event.