Chongqing - Over 200 guests from well-known global enterprises, academic circles, and research institutions converged at a pivotal forum of the Belt and Road Conference on Science and Technology Exchange (BRST), held on November 6.
The Forum on High-Quality Development of Manufacturing Industry in Developing Countries, Facilitated by Opening and Innovation, witnessed guest speakers tackle the pressing, market-driven demands of manufacturing sectors within the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as well as leverage China's high-end manufacturing strengths.
Many guests regarded the BRST as an unparalleled conduit for promoting national interests and international cooperation.
Kanaka Herath, State Minister of Technology of Sri Lanka, highlighted his country's rich human resources and the central role of science, technology, and innovation in propelling national development and achieving sustainable goals. Sri Lanka, in step with the Belt and Road collaborative spirit, extends tax breaks to foster investments in agriculture and digital economies.
Carolina, Caínza Cortés, Chilean Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation, pointed out the forum's critical role in the durability and prosperity of the manufacturing sector worldwide, noting it as a unique platform for developing nations. She reiterated Chile's commitment to intertwining scientific advancement with ecological and social progress.
"The BRST is the best opportunity for us to gain experience and improve our capabilities," said Pramila Kumari, State Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal.
She discussed the challenges of establishing a manufacturing ecosystem, primarily due to limited capital and research investments. However, she remained optimistic, citing Nepal's steps towards embracing Industry 4.0 through a newly established research and innovation fund.
To advance their manufacturing sectors, Chen Xiangsheng, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said, "We have to think from the point of view of foreign users to make the results of manufacturing and construction benefit the local community."
Chen further elaborated on the necessity of systematic planning in exporting China's manufacturing products, stressing the need for alignment with the environmental and cultural fabric of host nations and offering comprehensive operational guidance.
Reflecting on his role in the Ethiopian light rail project once led by Shenzhen Metro, Chen underscored the successful transfer of standards, technology, and expertise. This transfer has been key to the light rail system's esteemed operation throughout Ethiopia. He pointed out the seamless management shift from Shenzhen Metro as a hallmark of fostering local prestige through international cooperation.
Long Teng, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of the Beijing Institute of Technology, emphasized the importance of high-end manufacturing in national competitiveness.
He explained how academic institutions are at the forefront, creating a synergy of industry, science, technology, and talent to strengthen this sector. Establishing a center of excellence in engineering education was showcased as an innovative step toward nurturing talent.
The forum highlighted the advances of Chinese companies on the global stage. Seres Auto Co., Ltd's President, He Liyang, detailed the company's milestone of exporting over 500,000 vehicles to more than 70 countries under the BRI.
He elaborated on the establishment of smart factories, the deepening of technological partnerships, and the recruitment of local talent, all aimed at enhancing the international consumption of new energy vehicles.
Furthermore, Hu Xiukui, Assistant General Manager of Dongfang Electric Corporation, underscored the company's contributions to the BRI, with their reach extending to 109 countries. This underscores China's strong role in the international power generation sector.
Hu announced Dongfang Electric's plans to venture into digital integration with the goal of developing new manufacturing sectors in collaboration with partner countries.
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