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[March 13th, 2012] Voices & Votes – Chinese SMEs

03-13-2012 21:28 BJT Special Report: 2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

Host: Zou Yue

Guest speakers:

- Charles Liu, the managing director of Hao Capital, a China-focused private equity firm

- William Hess, the Director of China Capital Economics

- Duncan Freeman, a Senior Research Fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies in Belgium

Part 1: CPPCC concludes its 5th annual session

The 11th National Committee of the Chinese People´s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China´s top political advisory body, began the closing meeting of its annual session on Tuesday. Full coverage >>

Part 2: How far will Chinese SMEs go?

SME financing

Many small or family-run business owners say they’re having trouble obtaining bank loans. Those that get financing complain that they have to wade through cumbersome procedures and wait for application reviews, potentially hurting their cash flow. Full story >>

Dilemma of SMEs

Compared to strong state-owned enterprises, the vast majority of China’s private businesses are more vulnerable to economic headwinds. Faced with international economic uncertainty, and domestic challenges, private sector players are squeezed from both ends. Full story >>

SME way out

There are already a number of measures in place to help SMEs. But business owners say they don’t yet feel the impact of these measures. For many, it’s really hard to meet the conditions set by the government. Huang Mengfu on private sector

Part 3: "Media Watch": Netizens comment on SME reform

Nearly half of the respondents say it’s necessary for private capital to be allowed access to these strategic areas and to roll back the state’s monopoly. Around 31% support this but since they are strategic areas after all, they think it should be done in a gradual and controlled manner. While 20% of respondents are opposed to this, citing concerns that national interests may be undermined if private capital is allowed in the mix.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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