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Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding Schemes

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Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding Schemes

  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Hong Kong's economy, and the driving force of our economic development. They play an important role in the process of economic restructuring. SMEs comprise over 98% of business establishments in Hong Kong and employ about 60% of the working population in the private sector. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) attaches great importance to supporting Hong Kong's SMEs.
  • To support the SMEs to cope with the economic developments, the Chief Executive, in his Policy Address in October 2001, accepted the Report on Support Measures for SMEs submitted to him by the SME Committee in June of the same year, and set aside $1.9 billion to establish four funding schemes with a total commitment of $7.5 billion to help SMEs rise to new challenges and opportunities.
  • Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding SchemesThe four funding schemes, which were set up in December 2001/January 2002, are :
  •    SME Loan Guarantee Scheme (SGS)
  •    SME Export Marketing Fund (EMF)
  •    SME Training Fund (STF)
  •    SME Development Fund (SDF)
  • Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding Schemes - Maximum amount of guarantee/grant an SME may receive Maximum amount of guarantee/grant an SME may receive
  • SGS
  • $4 million : business installations and equipment loan guarantee
  • $2 million : associated working capital loan guarantee
  • $1 million : accounts receivable loan guarantee
  • EMF
  • $80,000
  • STF
  • Employees' training : $20,000
  • Employers' training : $10,000
  • SDF
  • Not applicable
  • Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding Schemes - Level of guarantee / grant for each successful applicationLevel of guarantee / grant for each successful application
  • SGS
  • Business installations and equipment loan guarantee and accounts receivable loan guarantee: 50% of the respective approved loan associated working capital loan guarantee: 50% of the co-related business installations and equipment loan guarantee or 50% of the approved loan, whichever is the less
  • EMF
  • $30,000 or 50% of the total expenditure on fundable items, whichever is the less
  • STF
  • 70% of the training expenses
  • SDF
  • $2 million, or 90% of the project costs, whichever is the less

Information on Hong Kong - SME Funding Schemes

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