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Pujiang welcomes Innovation Forum
Source:China Daily    Writer:admin    Released on:2015-10-28    

 Global experts and business leaderswill gather at the 2015 Pujiang Innovation Forum on Tuesday to promote the development of a global innovation network.
Themed “Global Innovation Network-Toward a Convergence of Interests”, the forum will welcome 140 professional speakers including 33 from overseas on Tuesday and Wednesday. The total number of participants will exceed 2,000, according to the organizers.


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu sent congratulatory letters to the organizers during the opening ceremony onTuesday.
Netanyahu said in hisletter that the forum is an important opportunity for global experts to exchange ideas and seek collaboration opportunities in the innovation sector.
Li said China is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation in the technology innovation sector with global partners and promote sustainable development.
Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang andVice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Israel Silvan Shalom delivered the keynote speeches at the forum.
Wan Gang shared views on China’s achievements in the innovation sector in the past few years, including the new energy vehicle development and high-speed train system innovation.
Wan also mentioned that China will pay more attention to promoting Chinese scientists’ achievements so people can better appreciate China’s scientificdevelopment.
Despite China’splayinga more important role in the innovation sector globally, Wan said there is a gap between China and theworld’s leading innovative countries such as the United States. For instance, the US’s total research and development investment is far more than China’s.
“We have to promote reform to close the gap,” said Wan.
“All leading countries in the world are adjusting their innovation strategies. It is a good opportunity for China to achieve better results, it is also a big challenge because the gap may get bigger,” Wan said.
Shalom shared his thoughts on China and Israel’s cooperation in the innovation sector in the past few years and voiced the hope of strengthening communication and cooperation in innovation in the future.

Nobel Prize winner Edmund Phelps, president of Shenzhen-based BGI Wang Jian,research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yu Yongding, and vice president of Microsoft Global Danny Yamindelivered speeches during the main forum.
Apart from the main forum, there will be nine sub-forums including the Enterprise Forum, Industrial Forum, Culture Forum, Policy Forum and Entrepreneur Forum during the two-day forum period.
Israel is the country of honor in 2015, following Russia in 2014 and Finland in 2013. Israel sent a delegation group consisting of 90 professionals, business leaders and government representatives.
Shalom said the delegation will bring the best practices in Israel’s innovation sector to China and they will also learn from China.