|Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli Attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd ASEM Seminar on Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development|
On October 24, Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli attends the opening ceremony of the ASEM Seminar on Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development. The seminar was also attended by Greek Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation Fotakis, Secretary General of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology Xu Jianpei, Deputy Director General of Beijing Municipal Commission for Science and Technology (BMCST) Zhu Shilong, Head of PRAXI Network of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Christofilopoulos, European Commission representatives and other more than 100 officials, entrepreneurs and experts from China, Greece and other ASEM countries.
In his welcome speech, Alternate Minister Fotakis briefed the participants about S&T development of Greece and Europe and their international cooperation participation. He said that how to support the economy through research and innovation has become a globally popular challenge, and there's a need for new approaches and a vision in which research and innovation will play its significant role in fostering a knowledge intensive economy. He stressed that, the ASEM initiative of establishing an ASEM Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Center is a catalyst towards this goal. Greece, in this context, is willing to set up, jointly with China, the European Coordination office of ASEM Cooperation Center for Science Technology and Innovation that operates within the framework of ASEM initiative for science, technology and innovation.
For his part, Secretary General Xu Jianpei said when addressing the Seminar that, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang advocated establishing an ASEM Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Center during the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in 2014. Over the past two years, member countries of Eurasia, the co-sponsor Greece in particular, have been very supportive in the establishment of the Center and the advancement of its work, enormously promoting exchanges and interaction between researchers and innovation personnel of Eurasian countries. It is fair to say that the ASEM Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Center is a perfect bridge between Asia and Europe in the field of S&T innovation, embodying the themes of Innovation, Interconnection and Integration.
He stressed that as the 1st ASEM Seminar on Cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development has been convened in Beijing last year, participants of the second session of the Seminar here in Athens could have better discussion on following up ASEM initiatives, creating an Asia-Europe S&T innovation cooperation platform and pushing for further discussions on Eurasia S&T innovation and practical cooperation.
Secretary General Xu continued to point out that establishing branches and contact points of the Center in various regions and countries will promote communication and exchanges among 53 member countries, strengthening win-win technical cooperation among Eurasian universities, institutes and businesses. As a result, transfer and commercialization of innovation results could be realized in an extensive and orderly manner among member countries so as to further drive their respective socioeconomic sustainable development.
The European Coordination office of ASEM Cooperation Center for Science Technology and Innovation was launched at the opening ceremony.
After the opening ceremony, Secretary General Xu Jianpei and Ambassador Zou Xiaoli held talks with Alternate Minister Fotakis. The two sides exchanged in-depth views and agreed that China and Greece should expand exchanges and cooperation in the fields of cultural heritage protection, maritime, geology, practical techniques transfer, high technology, and personnel exchanges, etc.