1,700 prominent Chinese and int’l public- and private-sector leaders to attend World Economic Forum’s 9th Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China

Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 3-9-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Premier Li Keqiang of China will give a special address at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which will take place on 9 to 11 September in Dalian, China.

The meeting is a leading global gathering on innovation, entrepreneurship, science and technology. It is held in close collaboration with the People’s Republic of China, with the support of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and will welcome more than 1,700 participants from 90 countries. Under the theme, Charting a New Course for Growth, this year’s meeting will focus on six thematic tracks:

  • Transformational Science: From next-generation robotics to genetic engineering, breakthroughs in science and technology are deeply disrupting economies and societies.
  • Industry Disruption: Ubiquitous connectivity, infinite data and machine intelligence are poised to transform industries and markets, from energy to healthcare to finance.
  • Economic Uncertainty: Average global growth has returned to pre-crisis levels, but rising volatility, slowing productivity and growing inequality signal that we are far from the all-clear.
  • China’s New Normal: China’s economic influence is growing – from Central Asia to the Russian Far East and the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean. Despite an inevitable slowdown, global growth keeps shifting East.
  • Environmental Boundaries: Research suggests that humanity has exceeded four of nine limits for keeping the planet hospitable to life. As human pressures on Earth’s resources rise, so does the likelihood of irreversible loss.
  • Being Human: Artists, designers and educators explore the power of new technologies to shift perspectives back to the fundamentals of humanity, values and decision-making.

When commenting on the role of innovation in today’s fast-changing world at the pre-meeting press conference, David Aikman, Chief Representative Officer, Greater China, and Managing Director at the World Economic Forum said: “Innovations are crucial to our global future. If they are harnessed properly, they can help return the world to sustainable, productive growth and mitigate risks such as climate change. However, they also require us to think in new ways, such as how to measure the sharing economy or how to mitigate the negative effects of automation and artificial intelligence. More than ever, these discussions are crucial for China’s future prosperity, as the country continues its move towards becoming an innovative, consumption-led economy.”

Commenting on the theme of the meeting, Liang Linchong, Deputy Director-General, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People’s Republic of China, said: “The theme of the meeting reflects the common concern of the international society about reinvigorating economic growth. In participating in the Forum, the Chinese government would like to convey the message to the world that China’s general economic fundamentals remain healthy, the government will adhere to its market-oriented economic reform, put more efforts on innovation to drive development and continue to uphold this policy for opening up win-win cooperation and mutual benefits. China has immense economic potential and prospects; its growth, at the same time, will also bring more opportunities to many other countries.” The meeting programme highlights a series of China-related topics including renminbi reform, a new energy strategy, the Internet-Plus plan and international collaboration on industrial capacity.

Lu Lin, Vice-Mayor of Dalian, said that this year will be the fifth time that the city will host the meeting. “Dalian has been gaining increasing international recognition and becoming more and more open to the world ever since it started to host the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2007. Dalian is currently developing on the fast track to become a modernized international city. We will continue to deepen collaboration with the Forum as the world’s best international platform to further improve Dalian city’s competitiveness.”

The Co-Chairs of the meeting are: Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation, USA; Nathan Blecharczyk, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Airbnb, USA; Cheng Wei, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Didi Kuaidi, People’s Republic of China; Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, USA; Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies, People’s Republic of China; Li Ruigang, Founding Chairman, CMC Capital Partners, CMC Holdings, People’s Republic of China; Carlos Moedas, Commissioner, Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels; and Jeffrey R. Tarr, President and Chief Executive Officer, DigitalGlobe, USA.

Discussing the issues will be several prominent Chinese leaders. Among the business participants are: Chen Feng, Chairman of the Board, HNA Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Wang Hongzhang, Chairman of the Board of Directors, China Construction Bank; and Zhang Fangyou, Chairman, Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group. Participants from the government include: Xu Shaoshi, Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission; Lu Wei, Minister of Cyberspace Administration; Shen Changyu, Commissioner, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO); the Governor of Liaoning; Mayors of Chengdu,Dalian and Shenzhen; and the Executive Vice-Mayor of Tianjin.

They will be joined by international public figures including Saikhanbileg Chimed, Prime Minister of Mongolia; Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Keith Claudius Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, Arthur Peter Mutharika; President of Malawi; and Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Other international public figures include: Saikhanbileg Chimed, Prime Minister ofMongolia; Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Arthur Peter Mutharika; President of Malawi; and Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

Leading cultural leaders and artists who will participate include: Jesse Appell, stand-up comedian (USA); Gabo Arora, filmmaker (USA); Cao Fei, contemporary visual artist (China); Marton Gabor, video-mapping designer (USA); Sarah Kenderdine, media artist and professor of experimental arts (Australia); Yumi Kurosawa, composer and Koto player (USA); Dana Leong, composer and multi-instrumentalist (USA); Gordian Overschmidt, Zenvision, spatial experience design (Germany); Hidekichi Shigemoto, ink brush painter (Japan); and Li Yongcun, visual artist and professor of art (China).

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Vivian Yang, Public Engagement, tel: +86 13810567837, email vivian.yang@weforum.org

SOURCE: World Economic Forum



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