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Excerpts of Speech by Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, at the Symposium of the 18th China Beijing International High-tech Expo

Beijing - May 22, 2015 10:53:00 AM

The Symposium of the 18th China Beijing International High-tech Expo (CHITEC) was held in the CPPCC Auditorium on the morning of May 13. The Symposium was attended by Wang Anshun, Mayor of the People’s Government of Beijing and Chairman of the CHITEC Organizing Committee, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology Li Meng, Vice-Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Lu Pengqi, Deputy Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office He Hua, Vice-President of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Li Zhuobin, Vice-Mayor of the People’s Government of Beijing Cheng Hong, leaders from other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government including He Shushan, Xu Jichao, He Baoxiang, Shi Yiyun, Chen Gang, Hao Yuan and Elkind Tuniyaz, and important guests including ICC World Chambers Federation Honorary Chair Rona Yircali and FIESP Vice-President Thomaz Zanotto. Vice-Minister of Science and Technology Li Meng presided over the Symposium, and Wang Anshun, Mayor of People’s Government of Beijing and Chairman of the CHITEC Organizing Committee, delivered the speech on behalf of the committee.

Mayor Wang Anshun said that the Expo had been successfully held for the past 17 years. It yielded abundant achievements with the support of relevant departments of the Central Government and other provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, and enthusiastically participated by groups at home and abroad. This year’s CHITEC conforms to the trend of times for popular entrepreneurship and innovation and implements major national strategies, such as the “One Belt and One Road” initiative and the coordinated development for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. According to the theme of “promoting scientific and technological innovation for industrial development”, it spreads the cutting-edge ideas, discusses the concepts on development and displays the latest achievements. The 18th CHITEC will surely play an important role in pushing forward technical innovation, promoting the development of booming industries, and deepening international exchanges and cooperation on science and technology.

Mayor Wang Anshun went on to emphasize that innovation-driven development is regarded as an important strategic plan in the new era, and the only way to build Beijing into a world-class harmonious and livable city. Adapting to the new normal, implementing the new positioning and marching towards the new goals require us to put scientific and technological innovation on top of agenda and speed up the pace to build Beijing into a scientific and technological innovation center. Beijing will seek innovation with a global perspective, bring the strength of the entire city to promote innovation, give full play to its demonstrative, exemplary and radiation role, and try harder to make more contributions to building an innovative country.

Firstly, adhering to deepening the reform to make the science and technology more innovative. We need to correctly deal with the relationship between the government and the market, accelerate the transformation of government functions, deepen the reform of administrative examination and approval system, streamline administration and delegate more decision-making power to the lower levels, continue to sweep away obstacles and set up the stage for popular entrepreneurship and innovation. We need also to actively help the Zhongguancun Science Park to take pioneering steps, accelerate the reform on the right to use, deal with and get benefit from scientific and technological achievements, improve the evaluation and incentive mechanism on qualified scientists and technicians, and make every effort to get rid of every fetter and shackle in order to make entrepreneurship and innovation the trend of the times and gather the strong and new energy for the social and economic development.

Secondly, adhering to independent innovation to develop high-tech industries. We need to coordinate all kinds of resources at home and abroad, give full play to our advantages of technology resources, support the collaborative innovation by bringing together enterprises, academia, research institutes and users with enterprises playing the dominant role, work hard to overcome difficulties on critical technologies, and create more premium and innovative achievements in science and technology. We need to draw the innovation of science and technology closer to the economic and social development, help commercialize more research and development deliverables, make independent innovation to drive the development of strategic emerging industries, enhance the level of innovation and development of high-end industrial zones, such as the Zhongguancun Science Park, and speed up the building of sophisticated structure of economy.

Thirdly, adhering to carrying out more regional operation to promote collaborative innovation. We need to set up and improve the mechanism on collaborative innovation, promote the policies on trans-regional flow and configuration of innovative factors, build the platform of scientific and technological innovation across provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, support joint researches, strive for more achievements in collaborative innovation, and accomplish win-win development with complementary advantages. In particular, we need to work on the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, integrate their innovative resources, promote their cooperation in terms of research and industrial chain, help commercialize research and development deliverables in these three areas, establish the pattern for innovation and development in a rational and orderly way, and build a modernized new capital economic circle.

Fourthly, adhering to promoting exchanges and cooperation on science and technology with an international outlook. We need to give full play to the role as an international exchange center, actively serve the overall situation of the state’s external exchanges, gather premium international innovative factors, attract foreign-funded enterprises, especially those on research and development, to settle down in Beijing, research and follow the trend of innovation in the world, make more efforts to carry out multi-national collaborative research and development, and positively join in the global innovative network. We need to support enterprises with self-owned brands and independent intellectual property rights to expand their export, promote the development of cross-border e-commerce, help S&T service industry to open wider, and upgrade the level of internationalization of high-tech enterprises.

According to Mayor Wang Anshun, innovation leads the future, and cooperation helps realize the dream. Beijing will work harder, with a broader mind, to promote technical innovation, open wider to the technical operation, and unswervingly embark on the path of innovation-driven development. We warmly look forward to all friends from the circles of science, technology, enterprise and economy at home and abroad to make full use of CHITEC to conduct closer exchanges and cooperation, and work hand in hand for mutual benefit. We will provide all kinds of quality services as always for all delegations and friends from all walks of life, and do our best to run CHITEC better and better!