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2023 China-CELAC Digital Technology Cooperation Forum Held in Chongqing

By YAN DENG|Sep 06,2023

The 2023 China-CELAC Digital Technology Cooperation Forum was held in Chongqing on September 4th. 

On behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Chongqing Municipal Committee and Chongqing Municipal People's Government, Hu Henghua, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and Mayor of Chongqing, extended his welcome and gratitude to all guests and friends from all walks of life who have long cared about and supported Chongqing's development. 

He said that the friendship between China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is growing steadily and is deeply rooted in people's hearts. Chongqing is now thoroughly implementing the visions outlined at the 20th National Congress of the CPC and the important instructions and requirements of President Xi Jinping, vigorously promoting the construction of Digital Chongqing, playing a greater part in international cooperation on the digital economy, and making new progress in building a modern new Chongqing with digitization.

Zhang Yunming, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China, said that China-CELAC digital cooperation has been deepening in recent years. "We look forward to working with CELAC to boost mutually beneficial digital economic and trade cooperation, explore and tap the growth potential of emerging fields such as the digital economy, and create a new chapter in the China-CELAC relation and coordinated development of digital technology."

Zhang Yunming, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, gave a speech through online video. (Photo/The event organizer)

Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Latin American Affairs Qiu Xiaoqi said that China is willing to keep providing new opportunities for the development of all countries in the world, including CELAC, based on its own development. China sincerely welcomes the active participation of CELAC in global development initiatives, especially digital economy cooperation, to make international development more inclusive, resilient, and beneficial for all.

Argentine Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Daniel Filmus said that Argentina expects enhanced collaboration with other countries in digital technology to facilitate scientific development and benefit more people.

Minister of Industry, Energy, and Mining of Uruguay Omar Paganini noted that Uruguay boasts sound digital infrastructure and welcomes more enterprises to apply digital technology in education, agriculture, energy, business, and other sectors.

According to the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Bahamas, Wayde Watson, The Bahamas will further seize digital opportunities and scale up cooperation with all parties to make headway in infrastructure, digital solutions, digital talent cultivation, and other fields.

Secretary of Innovation of the Presidency of El Salvador Daniel Méndez said that El Salvador attaches great importance to sci-tech development and industrial application and will carry out more exchanges with other countries to build El Salvador into one of the most digitized countries in Central America.

The Forum released the China-CELAC Digital Technology Cooperation Forum Chongqing Initiative.

As one of the Smart China Expo 2023 sub-forums, this year's China-CELAC Digital Technology Cooperation Forum was themed "Seizing New Opportunities from the Digital Technology, Stimulating New Momentum for China-CELAC Cooperation." It hosted keynote speeches, released initiatives, invited guests to visit enterprises, and promoted exchanges and negotiations, injecting new impetus into developing the China-CELAC relation in the new era.


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