On September 23th, 2021, the first meeting of the 20th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals (CIEP) Organizing Committee was held in Shenzhen, to introduce and review the overall work plan and the composition of the Organizing Committee of the 20th CIEP. The 20th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals (CIEP) was successfully held on May 26th, 2022 in Shenzhen.
Originally supposed to be held at an earlier date, due to the current limitations set forth by the COVID-19 epidemic at home and overseas, corresponding adjustments have been made to the holding time and form of the Conference on the premise of strictly implementing the responsibility of epidemic prevention and control, i.e., online conference as the primary form, without holding the offline physical exhibitions for the time being.
Established in 2001 and sponsored jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) and Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, CIEP is a national-level and internationalised expo and trade fair of China that draws together international scientific and technological innovation as well as international talent exchange resources. According to statistics, more than 40 countries and regions attend the conference every year. More than 10,000 collaborative and exchange projects have been implemented since the conference was launched. It provides platforms for institutions, organisations and enterprises to enter the Chinese market, and also seeks international partners in China and other countries and regions.
The 20th CIEP has set up a wide range of functional service areas including “Shenzhen Forum”, “Virtual Exhibition Hall”, “Project Cooperation”, “Online Recruitment”, and “Theme Activities”. The event organisers held a virtual opening ceremony, Shenzhen Forum, exhibition negotiations, project cooperation, talent recruitment, theme activities, etc.
The theme of the 20th CIEP is “Innovation, Development, Cooperation and Win-win”. The CIEP will work with all parties to share “China’s opportunities” for technological innovation, and accelerate the building of an open and innovative ecosystem and a community with a shared future for mankind.
In his keynote speech, Wang Zhigang, the Minister of Science and Technology, stated that the Chinese government has been striving to improve the global level of scientific and technological innovation and openness. He noted that China is willing to enhance the country’s level of scientific and technological advancements, open up with a broader vision and more pragmatic measures, keep strengthening the scientific and technological innovation strategies and policy dialogue, actively build an international scientific and technological cooperation platform for all kinds of innovation subjects and researchers, and promote the vigorous development of international talent exchange activities in all fields and at all levels.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the then-Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, noted that the current government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has spared no effort to promote the development of innovation and technology, create an all-round ecological environment conducive to the development of innovation and science, and resolutely cooperate with the “14th five-year plan” announced by the central government last March.
China opens its arms to all talents at home and abroad who are encouraged to leverage their talents, make scientific contributions, and realise their value for life in China.
A series of practical online exchange activities with rich elements will be held by the end of this year to give full play to the unique role of the online conference and to serve all parties better in international scientific and technological innovation cooperation and international talent exchange.
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