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Global innovation forum a success

Innovation projects were launched and international cooperation established at the three-day Pujiang Innovation Forum.

Yesterday, a technology transfer alliance was forged between China’s National Eastern Tech-Transfer Center (NETC) and Dutch innovation community Brightlands. 

Also, the center’s European headquarters in the Netherlands was unveiled.

Technology transfer works as a foundation for science-business ecosystems in the Netherlands, said Jan Cobbenhagen, chief executive officer of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus.

Brightlands gathers students, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors in four themed campuses to develop solutions in the fields of biomedicine, nutrition and farming, big data and smart services, materials and sustainable chemicals. 

By bringing together talent in different fields, it forms a regional knowledge platform.

Key factors to successful science-business parks, according to Cobbenhagen, include great people, active shareholding and a harmonious partnership of university, government and business.

NETC’s cooperation with Brightlands and establishment of its new European headquarters aims to deepen scientific exchange and technological cooperation between the two countries. 

Researchers, universities and companies will have platforms to share information and have their ideas incubated in overseas markets.

China is seeking to form a Belt and Road innovation community which will allow countries to share resources.

At a seminar, some 20 speakers shared their views on policy, the environment, practices and vision for science and technology innovation cooperation along the Belt and Road.

Hu Zhujian, president of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development, spoke about the importance of cross-border communication and cooperation in global science and technology innovation development. 

Digital Silk Road project

“The Belt and Road Initiative raises a brand-new idea of international cooperation,” said Hu. 

Flavia Schleged, special envoy for science in global policy of the International Science Council, said she was excited to meet people promoting innovation in the Belt and Road Initiative.

She said innovation is not only about money and GDP, but also social improvement and the environment.

Yan Lijin, president of Silk Road Group, introduced the “Digital Silk Road” project. 

It covers the public and professional services of global geographic information, global sustainable development and construction of a “global spatial information corridor.” 

Secretary Raul Lambino, presidential adviser for Northern Luzon, said  the Philippines is very grateful for the Chinese government’s support for their hard infrastructure program. 

“Now we are embarking on a new era of development and cooperation between the Chinese and Philippine governments,” he said. “That will be about the digital economy and technological advancement in finance and e-commerce.”


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