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Preparation and schedule for the 19th China International Industry Fair (CIIF)

Dec 7, 2017

The Shanghai Municipal Government’s Information Office held a press conference on November 1 on preparation and schedule for the 19th China International Industry Fair. Following are the highlights:

Rong Zhiqin, deputy director, Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology

Cao Gang, deputy inspector, Equipment Manufacturing Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

Shi Wenjun, deputy inspector, Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology

Tang Guifa, vice president, Donghao Lansheng (Group) Co Ltd

China Securities: This year’s CIIF is the largest ever in history. I’d like to know about the difference between the CIIF and other well-known international exhibitions and CIIF’s unique characteristics.

Tang Guifa: After 19 years of development, this year’s CIIF will have a display area of 280,000 square meters and has attracted more than 2,500 exhibitors, 30 percent of which are international firms. There’s still a gap between the CIIF and Hannover Messe, for example, but I believe the gap is narrowing and we will catch up with Hannover Messe in the near future.

Youth Daily: How will the CIIF help promote the “Made-in-China 2025” initiative as a large number of results and fruits of innovation will be on display at the fair?

Rong Zhiqin: I will answer your question in three aspects.

First, hosted by seven state ministries and commissions, the CIIF is the highest level of international industry fair in the country. The 19th CIIF gathers some 2,560 companies and factories from 28 countries and regions and will display various kinds of industrial innovation technologies. Known as the wind vane of the global industrial development, the CIIF will actively push forward the “Made-in-China 2025” initiative raised by the State Council.

Second, with themes of innovation, intelligence, green development and environmental protection, this year’s CIIF will become a platform to display and trade solutions of intelligent manufacturing and artificial intelligence (AI) technology applications. A national pilot intelligent manufacturing demonstration section will be set up at the fair. Other exhibition sections will cover robots, industrial automation, information and communication, displaying practical cases and solutions of intelligent production, customization, cloud computing, big data and network security. These exhibits will boost the transformation and development of Chinese manufacturing.

Third, every year delegations from different parts of the country come to visit the CIIF. The fair also promotes competitions and exchanges among leading industrial companies from home and abroad. Government leaders in charge of industry and information technology from more than 10 domestic provinces and municipalities will visit the fair this year. The fair will surely facilitate transfer of scientific fruits and promotion of products as well as attract more investment and trade deals.

Shanghai Morning Post: The Global City Informatization Forum will be held during the CIIF. Would you give more details about its features and highlights?

Shi Wenjun: The Global City Informatization Forum is one of the four institutional international conferences hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Government. The other three are the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council, the Pujiang Innovation Forum and the Lujiazui Forum. As part of this year’s CIIF, the 2017 Global City Informatization Forum will take place in Shanghai on November 7-9. A joint opening ceremony will be held for the CIIF and the forum at Shanghai International Convention Center on November 6. The main venue for the forum is Jin Jiang Hotel and there will be three theme forums and several special events.

There are three characteristics:

First, a long history. Ten sessions have been held since 2000 and it will be the 11th session this year.

Second, global influence. In addition to the Shanghai Municipal Government, other sponsors of the forum include international institutions like the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, national ministries and commissions like the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. A number of government leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals from more than 100 countries and over 200 cities have attended the forum over the past 10-plus years.

Third, high target. We have set a target to serve the 1,000-year development goal agreed at the establishment of the United Nations to eliminate the digital gap. The theme of the first session was “Promote city informatization and build a new future home”. Following the global technology trend and economic and social development and serving the UN’s target of sustainable development, this year’s forum will have a theme of “intelligent, innovative and outstanding” and discuss three topics namely intelligent manufacturing, infinite internet and opening up.

It will be the country’s first international forum in the field of city informatization held after the 19th CPC National Congress. A number of top-level guests will attend the forum, including high-caliber leaders of the sponsors, renowned international experts such as Christoph Meinel, an academician of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, top company representatives, representatives from the guest of honor of CIIF, as well as national and local government representatives.

Representatives will discuss crucial issues on industrial upgrade, urban development and resource use at the forum from various angles like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, industrial internet, network safety and scientific innovation.

A number of events will be organized at the forum, including open discussions, private sessions, lectures, round-table discussions and dialogues. We will publicize a report about the global city informatization development at the forum.

People.cn: What kind of VIPs will attend the “Made-in-China 2025” International Cooperative Forum and in which fields will the forum push forward international cooperation?

Cao Gang: After the 2008 financial crisis, the United States began to put emphasis again on manufacturing and Germany adopted the Industry 4.0 strategy, so did other countries. The State Council publicized the “Made-in-China 2025” guideline in 2015.

People in different countries are facing a lot of common challenges. China always calls for joint development with other countries and sustainable development. We should cooperate with other countries in manufacturing development and push forward global manufacturing development. The round-table discussion will be a private event and only around 100 seats will be arranged for invited guests.

Shanghai Radio: You just mentioned an international conference on innovation and emerging industries will be held during the CIIF. What will be the highlights of the conference?

Rong Zhiqin: The second session of the International Conference on Innovation and Emerging Industries will take place on November 7-9, organized by nine departments, including the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The conference aims to solicit advice from world renowned entrepreneurs and experts on development trend and policies of strategic emerging industries in China and facilitate major scientific and technological innovations and emerging industry development.

A keynote speech will be made on November 7 and several parallel meetings will take place throughout the day on November 8. During the two days, we will organize a few forums on big data and AI technology, biology and life science technology, high-end equipment and new materials, green low-carbon technology and digital creative technology, as well as the second session of Sino-Germany digital transformation in manufacturing symposium.

The conference has invited nine guests from home and abroad to make keynote speeches. The four international guests are the president of the German Academy of Science and Engineering, vice president of Smiths Group plc., CEO of UK Intellectual Property Office and a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, who is also a winner of A.M. Turing Award. The Chinese guests are academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the vice chairperson of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, vice minister of industry and information technology and Lei Jun, chairman and CEO of Chinese technological giant Xiaomi. The six branch forums will have 64 lecturers -- 47 international guests and 17 domestic guests -- all renowned academicians and entrepreneurs.

Discussions will focus on cutting-edge and key issues of global industrial development, involving big data, AI, biology, life science, high-end equipment, new materials, low carbon, digital creativity, manufacturing and digital transformation. We sincerely hope the big brainstorming will promote major technological innovation and emerging industry development.

Xinhuanet: What is the biggest highlight of this year’s CIIF, compared with previous sessions? What changes and influence will the CIIF bring to future industries and people’s daily life?

Tang Guifa: The highlights of the CIIF will feature AI, robots, green manufacturing and equipment technological innovation. More information will be available in media pamphlets. We will demonstrate new fruits and new concepts at the CIIF.