2020 is the China-ASEAN Year of Digital Economy Cooperation (DEC). To promote exchanges and cooperation between China and ASEAN in blockchain, digital infrastructure, big data, e-commerce, 5G network, smart city and other fields, the “2020 Cloud Forum for Digital Economy International Cooperation” was successfully held in Nanning, Guangxi, China on July 29, 2020.
It was co-sponsored by China-ASEAN Business Council and China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee, and organized by the Guangxi TusCity Group. Senior diplomatic officials of ASEAN embassies in China, officials of ASEAN Consulate General in Nanning, government officials, members of the China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee, leaders of business circles, experts and scholars from universities, and well-known entrepreneurs from all involved countries were invited to participate in the forum. Big names gathered to hold a cloud dialogue on two topics: “promote mutual assistance, cooperation and interconnection in digital industries to boost new drivers of digital economy cooperation and development in the new era”, and “explore new models and new business opportunities with focus on five major dimensions of digital infrastructure, digital consumer, digital industrial ecology, digital public service, and digital scientific research”.
At the meeting, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to China H.E. Mr. Jose Santiago Sta.Romana, Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to China H.E. Ms. Khamphao Ernthavanh, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to China H.E. U Myo Thant Pe, Vice Director of China-ASEAN Technology Transfer Center and Vice Director of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Science and Technology Department Jian Xingchao, Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council Xu Ningning, Chairman of China TusHoldings Co., Ltd. and Chinese Chairman of China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee Wang Jiwu, and ASEAN Chairman of China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee Haji Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib delivered speeches. Francis Chua, Founding Chairman of Philippines Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce, and Zhao Guodong, Group Leader of Research of New Digital Economy Infrastructure of China National Development and Reform Commission, Secretary General of Zhongguancun Big Data Industry Alliance, made keynote speeches. The forum was presided over by Hebert Chen, COO of China TusHoldings Co., Ltd., Vice Chinese Chairman of the China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee, Vice Chairman of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).
Xu Ningning, Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council, said that in the 2020 China-ASEAN Year of Digital Economy Cooperation (DEC), digital technology has played an irreplaceable and positive role in epidemic prevention, work resumption and protecting the livelihood needs of the people, and that the important function and significance of digital economy have been coming out gradually in restoring the social and economic development, creating more employment opportunities and improving people's livelihood and well-being across the world. China TusHoldings Co., Ltd. has been active in the “Belt and Road Initiative” and China-ASEAN of Digital Economy Cooperation. We believe it will make greater achievements and present more cooperation results in the future. The holding of the conference reflects the joint efforts of the sponsors and ASEAN countries to build the digital silk road, discuss the future development of scientific and technological innovation, and promote China-ASEAN digital economic cooperation.
In his speech, Wang Jiwu, Chairman of China TusHoldings Co., Ltd. and Chinese Chairman of China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee, put forward three initiatives for cooperation and development of digital economy industry in the new era. The first is to continue expanding the digital science and technology cooperation between China and ASEAN in the normalized fight against the epidemic under the framework of China-ASEAN Business Council and China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee. The second is to expand China-ASEAN cooperation in digital education and personnel training. The third is to take practical steps to achieve the aims, and work together to achieve good digital economic cooperation between China and ASEAN. Under the “Belt and Road Initiative”, a large number of enterprises represented by China TusHoldings Co., Ltd. have carried out extensive cooperation with ASEAN countries in science and technology and emerging industries in many fields, and have achieved fruitful results in digital economy since the establishment of China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee.
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to China H.E. Mr. Jose Santiago Sta.Romana said in his speech that in the face of the threat posed by the global outbreak of COVID-19, digital technology in many countries has played a key role in epidemic response, and that the Philippines will continue to push forward digital transformation in the post epidemic era, focusing on the public sector, community and economy, to facilitate the implementation of the rapid transition to digitisation by government agencies led by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to China H.E. Ms. Khamphao Ernthavanh said that in 2019, the relationship between Laos and China has been upgraded to a Community of Common Destiny between China and Laos, and that although digital economy is a new concept for Laos, the Lao government believes that digital development is all-important as it may help to create employment opportunities, improve economic efficiency and narrow the gap between urban and rural development, while promoting more inclusive economic growth across the country.
Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to China H.E. U Myo Thant Pe pointed out that the cloud forum held is very beneficial to the multi-party exchanges and scientific and technological innovation cooperation within ASEAN, and that for Myanmar, when further developing digital economy and setting up corresponding policies and plans to ensure the development of digital economy and further strengthen China-ASEAN exchanges, it will also provide more ideas for Myanmar people to access online education and services.
Jian Xingchao, Vice Director of China-ASEAN Technology Transfer Center and Vice Director of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Science and Technology Department, introduced the efforts made by China to boost the digital economy in recent years from three aspects: persisting in promoting technology transfer and scientific and technological innovation cooperation at a high level; adhering to innovation-led approach to provide scientific and technological support for the sustainable development of the digital economy; insisting on international human resource development cooperation to promote the exchange of science, technology and humanities. It is believed that China and ASEAN will meet new opportunities in the crisis with the concerted efforts, jointly create a new situation in the digital technology cooperation, and make positive contributions to the construction of a closer China-ASEAN innovation community.