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China welcomes scientific collaboration with Arab world
By Imran Mojib February 12, 2019
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DUBAI: Wang Zhigang, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, invited Arab countries to forge scientific collaborations under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Speaking at a session titled ‘The Rise of the Dragon: China’s Success in Leading the World of Technology’ at the World Government Summit (WGS 2019) in Dubai, the Chinese minister advocated prudent approach to policies that create a more open and inclusive market. He also underlined that Artificial intelligence presents solutions, but gaps exist in implementation of technology.

Highlighting the fact that China’s economy is now transitioning from high-speed growth to high-quality growth, Wang Zhigang said that China has assumed a powerful role on the world stage, influencing global policy decisions and harnessing technology to achieve economic success.

The nation played a significant role in realising the UN millennium development goals (MDGs) of reducing extreme poverty rates by half. As it witnesses a slowdown in economic activity, especially in the manufacturing sector, China is poised to launch the next wave of growth.

He recounted China’s success story and revealed what lies in store for the future of science and technology in the world’s second-largest economy.

DIGITAL ECONOMY

He spoke about the role the digital economy will play in China’s next chapter of high-quality growth, touching upon the theme of technology convergence. Citing examples of China’s success, he reiterated the need for heightened responsibility and self-regulation by technology companies, as governments provide an enabling ecosystem that promotes digital innovation.

He also emphasised the importance of updating educational programs to reflect a more modern, innovation-led approach.

“China has maintained its investment into the research and development (R&D) of new technology, which accounts for 20 per cent of global R&D expenditure,” added Wang Zhigang as he spoke about his country’s commitment to leading technology innovation worldwide.

Furthermore, he highlighted the potential of digital innovation to transform manufacturing through harnessing new technologies, such as automation, robotics and 3D printing. He also explored the topic of inclusivity through innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT).
 

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