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.
The epidemic has promoted and accelerated the digitization of the economy, while bringing many opportunities and challenges in the digital development in ASEAN. As e-commerce and digital trade are taking shape in various forms in the ASEAN region, developing digital economy has become the new normal state for us, and we hope that ASEAN member states will build more digital economic partnerships in the economy and other fields, according to Haji Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib, ASEAN Chairman of China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee.
Francis Chua, Founding Chairman of Philippines Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce, said in his speech entitled “Joining Hands to Create a ‘Digitalized’ China-ASEAN Free Trade Area” that we should strengthen construction of digital infrastructure to create a digital China-ASEAN Free Trade Area; strengthen international cooperation to improve the development level of digital industry; strengthen the exchange of talents to promote cooperation between China and ASEAN in e-commerce, 5G, big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, and build a digital silk road and a green silk road to realize economic transformation and upgrading for sustainable high-quality development, thus benefiting the people of many countries.
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, said that the industry's appeal for the theoretical construction of digital economy is a hot topic at present. He proposed that four integrations, namely, the integration of planning and market, the integration of production and consumption, the integration of supervision and freedom, and the integration of conduct and credit; five layers, namely, physical layer, software layer, data layer, rule layer and application layer; eight hot spots, namely, digital networking, digital asset trading center, edge computing center, next generation distributed network file system, industrial ecological operation platform, digital twin, regulatory technology, and neuro-endocrine-immune network, are the basic cognitive framework from theory to practice of the current digital economy, and a deeper understanding of them may help promote the development of China-ASEAN digital economy.
Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in China Ang Lay Ling, Third Secretary of Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in China Hu Zailan, First Secretary of Economy Section of Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in BeijingChen Huiyu, Consul General of Consulate General of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Nanning Hoy Lena, Consul General of Consulate General of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Nanning Virasac Somphong, Consul General of Consulate General of Malaysia, Nanning Azlimi Zakaria, Executive President of One Belt-One Road Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University Shi Zhiqin, Minister Counsellor of Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in China Virdiana Ririen Hapsari, Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy in China Pasupha Chinvarasopak, Counsellor of Royal Embassy of Cambodia in China Sreng Sataro, Commercial Counsellor of Embassy of the Republic of Philippines in China Glenn G. Penaranda, Deputy Consul-General of Roya1 Thai Consulate General in Nanning Wasin Dhamavasi, Commercial Counsellor of Consulate-General of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nanning Shwe Zin Ko, Vice Consul of Consulate General of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Nanning Dr. Khampheng Soulignavong, Vice Consul for Commerce of Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Nanning Nguyen Huu Quan, Director of Nanning Science and Technology Department of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Liang Zhan, Executive President of China TusHoldings Co., Ltd., President of Zhongguangcun Digital City Alliance, Dean of Tus digital College Zhao Dong, Vice-President of Binus University Idris Gautama So, Director of Technology & Equipment Department Hanoi University Vietnam Luong Ngoc Minh, Vice-President of Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Oknha Khieng Hann, President of China-ASEAN Business Association Tan Sri Dato’Seri Lim Gait Tong, Senior Economic Advise of Myanmar Institute of Strategic & International Studies, CEO of HamsaHub Consulting Pte Ltd. U Thuta Aung, Vice-President of Tunku Abdul Rahman University Choong Chee Keong, Chairman of China Economy and Trade Committee of Singapore Manufacturing Federation Simon Lee, CEO of Tus Digital Group Ranran, Vice-Chairman of Kadin Indonesia Komite Tiongkok Haris Chandra, Guangxi President of Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in China Justin Low, Vice-President of Laos National Chamber of Commerce & IndustryThanongsinh Kanlagna, Business Representative in China of Amata Corporation. PCL. Yang Zijie, Doctor of Bangkok Innovation House Marut Siriwatthanadechakul, and Executive President of China-ASEAN Information Harbor Wu Yuqing had 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”.
Under the impact of epidemic, all nations have seen weak economic growth and are facing new challenges in their development. China and ASEAN are both good neighbors sharing weal and woe and helping each other to fend off risks together and build a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future. In this the favorable situation, it’s time for us to take the advantage of this opportunity to seek great success. As a new round of technological and industrial revolutions are gestating and growing, and a new generation of digital information technology is bringing significant and far-reaching impacts on the economic and social development, science and technology industry and people’s lives in all countries, how to grasp the opportunities for the development of the digital economy and advance the healthy development of the digital industry requires all countries to jointly strengthen connectivity, enrich exchange platforms, tap cooperation potential, jointly develop the digital economy and thus share the dividend of digital economic development under the framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative” and the “Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025”! China-ASEAN Business Council, China-ASEAN Science & Technology Industry Cooperation Committee, and TusHoldings Group will continue to help promote and strengthen China-ASEAN cooperation and development in innovative technology and digital economy, and make contributions to the technological innovation and the industrial economy cooperation and development in the new era.