For­eign ex­perts urged to sub­mit ideas

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By LIU XIANGRUI in Yinchuan li­ux­i­an­grui@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s for­eign ex­perts are be­ing en­cour­aged to con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially in its re­mote and less-de­vel­oped re­gions, by mak­ing sug­ges­tions from their ar­eas of ex­per­tise.

More than50­for­eign ex­perts from 20 coun­tries — in­clud­ing the United States, Rus­sia, Ger­many, Bel­gium and Brazil — at­tended the an­nual For­eign Ex­perts Rec­om­men­da­tion Sym­po­sium on Wed­nes­day in Yinchuan, cap­i­tal of the Ningx­i­aHui au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

The sym­po­sium has served as a think tank of sorts since the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of For­eign Ex­perts Af­fairs launched in 2012. It is held in a dif­fer­ent place each year.

“We hope in this waywe can help the for­eign ex­perts learn more about the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of China, but more im­por­tantly, about the so­cial and eco­nomic re­al­i­ties of dif­fer­ent parts of China,” said Zhang Jian­guo, di­rec­tor of the for­eign ex­perts of­fice.

Zhang’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has been seek­ing to strengthen ties with re­gional gov­ern­ments by of­fer­ing for­eign ex­perts more op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and take part in lo­cal de­vel­op­ment.

This year’s ex­perts’ group in­cluded nine win­ners of the gov­ern­ment’s Friend­ship Award and 16 par­tic­i­pants from the 1000 Tal­ent Plan, a gov­ern­ment-ini­ti­ated global tal­ent re­cruit­ment pro­gram.

Dur­ing their stay in Ningxia, the ex­perts were di­vided into 11 groups ac­cord­ing to their fields of re­search, and took part in field trips, con­sul­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions with re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ningxia.

Writ­ten pro­pos­als cov­er­ing var­i­ous as­pects, such as ed­u­ca­tion, ur­ban con­struc­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, diplo­macy, and bank­ing man­age­ment will be sent to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the Ningxia gov­ern­ment.

Over the past three years, more than 100 for­eign ex­perts have taken part in the pro­gram, and more than 30 sug­ges­tions have been sub­mit­ted to the coun­try’s top lead­ers and re­lated de­part­ments.

Mazhar Khan, a vet­eri­nary sci­en­tist from the United States, who has worked in Guangx­i­for 18 years, sug­gested Ningxia use its re­sources in agri­cul­ture and an­i­mal hus­bandry, and play a lead­ing role in re­form­ing farms to make them more mar­ket-ori­ented and com­pet­i­tive.

Farms should de­velop more agri­cul­tural prod­uct pro­cess­ing in the fu­ture, he said.

Ganin Vladimir, a Rus­sian ar­chi­tect work­ing in Hu­nan province, sug­gest­edtheNingxia gov­ern­ment pre­serve its dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture and hold more­ex­hi­bi­tions, both­in­dus­trial and cul­tural, to at­tract more vis­i­tor­sand­pro­moteth­ere­gion.

“I’m ex­cited to see how our sug­ges­tions will help change China,” Vladimir said.

Yaa­cov Ben-David, a Cana­di­an­med­i­cal sci­en­tist work­ing in Guizhou province, said too many for­eign ex­perts work in Bei­jing and Shang­hai.

“We hope to con­trib­ute to dif­fer­ent ar­eas around China, in­clud­ing Ningxia,” he said.

Inthe past five years, Ningxia has launched 233 projects that re­quired for­eign tal­ent and hired about 1,240 for­eign ex­perts, said Li Rui, vice-chair­manof the au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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