In­no­va­tion-driven de­vel­op­ment

▸ Shang­hai fo­rum dis­cusses sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form for a new age

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Qi Xi­jia

Pu­jiang In­no­va­tion Fo­rum holds great sig­nif­i­cance in the process of build­ing Shang­hai into a sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion cen­ter with global in­flu­ence, said Li Qiang, sec­re­tary of the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in his key­note speech at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fo­rum on Tues­day.

From Mon­day through Thurs­day, the 10th Pu­jiang In­no­va­tion Fo­rum is ex­pected to draw over 200 Chi­nese and for­eign schol­ars, sci­en­tists, en­trepreneurs and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to shed light on var­i­ous top­ics in sci­en­tific re­search and in­no­va­tion.

Or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of China and Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment, the fo­rum has been held for nine con­sec­u­tive years in the city. This year’s fo­rum had a 25-per­cent at­ten­dance by for­eign­ers. Por­tu­gal is the coun­try of honor and South China’s Guang­dong the prov­ince of honor.

With a theme of In­no­va­tion-Driven De­vel­op­ment and Sup­ply-Side Struc­tural Re­form in A New Age, the four­day event in­cludes var­i­ous fo­rums and lec­tures with a fo­cus on young in­no­va­tors, re­gional co­op­er­a­tion of Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area and the Yangtze River Delta re­gion as well as fore­front do­mains in sci­en­tific re­searches such as hu­man phe­nome project and epi­demi­ol­ogy.

Li pointed out that, to ac­cel­er­ate the con­struc­tion of build­ing Shang­hai into a sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion cen­ter with global in­flu­ence, the city must in­crease its in­no­va­tive ca­pa­bil­ity and strive to be­come the source of new ideas, sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies and in­ven­tions.

To achieve that goal, he be­lieves Shang­hai should strengthen ba­sic re­search with a fo­cus on the aca­demic fore­front, com­bine in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary in­no­va­tion re­sources and be an ac­tive player in global sci­en­tific plans and projects. Some key ar­eas in­clude ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, in­te­grated cir­cuit, bi­o­log­i­cal medicine, space and avi­a­tion, and oceano­graphic en­gi­neer­ing.

Knowl­edge and know-how

In­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion is one of the most brought-up phrases by speak­ers who shared their ex­pec­ta­tions to fur­ther and deepen sci­en­tific and in­no­va­tion co­op­er­a­tion with the plat­form of Pu­jiang In­no­va­tion Fo­rum.

Paulo Fer­rao, pres­i­dent of the board of Foun­da­tion for Sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy of Por­tu­gal, said that he hopes Por­tuguese and Chi­nese sci­en­tists can fur­ther col­lab­o­rate in the ex­plo­ration of space and nav­i­ga­tion un­der the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive.

An­toine Petit, pres­i­dent of the French Na­tional Cen­ter for Sci­en­tific Re­search, be­lieves France and China should fur­ther de­velop a net­work of crit­i­cal meth­ods to in­te­grate tal­ents from dif­fer­ent do­mains to col­lab­o­rate on sci­en­tific re­search.

“We need to cre­ate an ecosys­tem that in­volves uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, com­pa­nies and star­tups to share knowl­edge and know-how,” he said.

To fur­ther en­hance and boost in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, Zhang Quan, di­rec­tor of the city’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy com­mis­sion, said that for the next step Shang­hai will strive to im­prove the in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tion en­vi­ron­ment, pro­mote more plat­forms and projects for in­ter­na­tional tal­ents.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2018 Shang­hai in­no­va­tion hub de­vel­op­ment white pa­per re­leased by the city’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy com­mis­sion and the Hu­run Re­port, the num­ber of in­no­va­tion hubs in Shang­hai ex­ploded be­tween 2015 and 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the white pa­per, over 60 per­cent of these hubs pro­vide ser­vices in in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. In 2017 alone, 712 in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties were held in those hubs. Thus far, Shang­hai has at­tracted a num­ber of well-known in­no­va­tion hubs to set­tle in the city, such as Plug&Play and WeWork.

At the same time, the city is ac­tively en­gaged in draw­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ents. Just a few months ago, Shang­hai is­sued the first “busi­ness startup visa” to French en­tre­pre­neur Marc Olivier. The visa of­fers for­eign­ers a chance to es­tab­lish new and in­no­va­tive startup busi­nesses within Shang­hai.

Zhang said the next step for Shang­hai is to fur­ther al­lo­cate in­no­va­tion re­sources to meet the de­mand of young peo­ple and strive to be an at­trac­tive in­no­va­tion hot-spot for global young ta­lent.

Photos: VCG and courtesy of Chen Zheng­bao

Top right: A guest de­liv­ers a speech at the fo­rum; Main: A view of Lu­ji­azui area in Shang­hai

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