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2016 Pujiang Innovation Forum was held on Sept 23 in Shanghai.
Source:Original    Writer:admin    Released on:2016-09-24    

Global experts gather at the 2016 Pujiang Innovation Forum in Shanghai to promote technological and institutional innovations between countries and regions between Sept 23 and 26. 

“Innovation is a systematic work that requires innovation chain, industrial chain, capital chain and policy chain work together. The forum plays crucial role in supporting innovation,” said Yang Xiong, mayor of Shanghai.  
United Kingdom is the country of honor in 2016, following Israel in 2015 and Russia in 2014. 
Joseph Johnson, minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation of UK, leads a delegation of more than 150 representatives, including government head,businesses and academics,to participate in the forum. A country of honor forum will be held on Sept 24 for UK to share its experiences in how to turn innovation ideas into reality. 
Johnson brought a personal message from the British Prime Minister Theresa May to congratulate the four-day forum. 
“I am delighted that the country is the Country of Honor in 2016 Pujiang Innovation Forum. It is recognition of strength of UK’s science and innovation base,” said May in her message. 
May brushed aside uncertainties about relations between Beijing and London during the G20 Summit, saying the “golden era of relations will continue”.  
May said in her message that Pujiang Innovation Forum offers opportunities for both countries to strengthen relationship in the “golden era of relation”. 
Wan Gang, minister of Science and Technology, said China is ready to accelerate its innovation in upcoming years.  
Of the total R&D spending in China last year, more than 77 percent was from the business community, said Wan. 
In 2015,China became the second largest country in terms of R&D expenditure last year, with some 2.1 percent of its GDP spent on research. 
China’s innovation ability rank in the world rose to 18th in 2015, from 21 in 2010, according to Wan. 
Zhejiang is the province of honor in the 2016 Pujiang Innovation Forum. Feng Fei, deputy governor of Zhejiang, hopes that the forum can help to promote Zhejiang’s awareness in the global stage.