CHENGDU SUM­MIT GOAL IN­NO­VA­TION, EN­TREPRENEUR­SHIP

An­nual fair at ma­jor hub and gate­way in west­ern China pro­motes in­te­gra­tion, co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily - - ADVERTORIAL - By YUAN SHENGGAO

As a ma­jor hub and gate­way for west­ern China, Chengdu is be­com­ing an im­por­tant part of the global in­no­va­tion net­work.

The an­nual Chengdu Global In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Fair kicks off on Fri­day to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion among par­tic­i­pants, and to cre­ate an exhibition and trad­ing plat­form for the new econ­omy. It is the fourth year the city has held the event.

This year, the fair is themed “De­vel­op­ing New Econ­omy and Cul­ti­vat­ing New Growth En­gine”. High-level fo­rums, trad­ing events, re­ports’ re­lease and en­trepreneur­ship com­pe­ti­tions will take place dur­ing the event.

Busi­ness lead­ers, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of cities, col­leges, re­search in­sti­tutes, in­vest­ment in­sti­tu­tions, in­cu­ba­tors and in­dus­trial parks, are ex­pected to at­tend.

So far, the fair has at­tracted more than 600 par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing peo­ple from 32 coun­tries and 41 sis­ter cities, uni­ver­sity prin­ci­pals from more than 10 coun­tries, one No­bel lau­re­ate and ex­ec­u­tive man­agers from about 30 com­pa­nies, such as Mo­bike, So­gou and Aliyun.

The fair in­cludes an open­ing cer­e­mony, an in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship trad­ing event, an in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship com­pe­ti­tion and 11 sub­fo­rums.

The 11 sub­fo­rums will fo­cus on hot top­ics in the area of the new econ­omy and uni­corns, to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion among col­leges, re­search in­sti­tutes, com­pa­nies and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and to at­tract ex­perts to share their in­no­va­tive in­sights into the de­vel­op­ment of the new econ­omy.

Or­ga­niz­ers said they will record and blend data from in­no­va­tive par­tic­i­pants via an on­line plat­form to pro­vide di­verse ser­vices for trade, and to make in­for­ma­tion ser­vices more in­tel­li­gent and vi­su­al­ized.

Chengdu will in­vite young pro­fes­sion­als world­wide to ex­change their ideas about in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship to ex­pand in­flu­ence of the city’s new poli­cies to­ward ex­perts.

Two large-scale re­cruit­ment events will tar­get Chi­nese and for­eign ex­perts and spe­cial­ists with so­phis­ti­cated skills the re­gion lacks.

With ac­tive eco­nomic per­for­mance and high qual­ity of life, Chengdu has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar choices for pro­fes­sion­als to be­gin their ca­reer. Since the gov­ern­ment re­leased 12 pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to at­tract pro­fes­sion­als in July 2017, more than 170,000 young peo­ple have set­tled in the city.

Data from ma­jor re­cruit­ment web­site Zhaopin showed Chengdu has sur­passed Shang­hai to be­come the sec­ond most com­pet­i­tive city to at­tract pro­fes­sion­als.

Com­pared with other new first­tier cities such as Hangzhou, Nan­jing and Tian­jin, Chengdu has a rel­a­tively more ac­tive econ­omy, slower pace of life and lower hous­ing prices, all of which make most of its im­mi­grant work­ers sat­is­fied with their work and life there.

In many places, said Liu Dong, vice-pres­i­dent of Zhaopin, the big­gest chal­lenge for pro­fes­sion­als is a de­cline of life qual­ity as they climb the lad­der in their ca­reer.

That’s not so much of a prob­lem in Chengdu, he added.

“Just like the slo­gan said, ‘Chengdu prom­ises you a good future’ — re­al­iz­ing your dreams in Chengdu is mak­ing a home of your own,” he said.

Zhaopin an­a­lyzed the big data and future de­vel­op­ment of Chengdu, and said the at­trac­tive­ness of Chengdu will be­come stronger with the rise of the cities in cen­tral and west­ern China and peo­ple who choose Chengdu will have a bright future.

Just like the slo­gan said, ‘Chengdu prom­ises you a good future’ — re­al­iz­ing your dreams in Chengdu is mak­ing a home of your own.”

Liu Dong, vice-pres­i­dent of Zhaopin

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