With the theme of "Innovation, For a Better Life of Mankind", 2021 Pujiang Innovation Forum is scheduled to be held in Shanghai from May 31 to June 4, to discuss how science and technology can better serve human life. United Arab Emirates, a shining jewel along the “Belt and Road”, has been officially invited to be the Country of Honor of the Forum this year.
Located at the junction of "Five Seas and Three Continents", UAE is labeled with developed oil industry, aviation, tourism, and financial service industry. However, science and technology is becoming the core of its development in the post-oil era. As UAE is the first Arab Gulf country to establish strategic partnership with China, with the support of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, the two countries are highly aligned and mutually complementary in industrial situation and development needs, and constantly expanding the potential for cooperation in production capacity and investment in energy and chemical industry, infrastructure, new energy, cultural tourism and other fields. In 2018, China and UAE established comprehensive strategic partnership and signed the inter-government memorandum of understanding on joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, becoming a positive model leading the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” between China and the Gulf countries.
This year marks the 37th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and UAE. The development of China-UAE relations has entered a "golden period" in which the two countries are ushering in huge new development opportunities, especially in science and technology cooperation and exchange. Under the guidance of the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, currently China and UAE have similar development concepts and policy goals, and closer cooperation, and are constantly expanding the contents of science and technology innovation cooperation. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and UAE have carried out comprehensive anti-pandemic cooperation including the world's first phase III international clinical trial of the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, jointly writing a moving chapter in fighting the pandemic together. On March 18, 2021, WANG Zhigang, Minister of Science and Technology, and Sultan, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of UAE, held a video conference, on which the two parties exchanged in-depth views on topics of common concern such as artificial intelligence, vaccine R&D, and achievement commercialization, and reached consensus on intensifying the cooperation in science and technology innovation. Looking forward to October 2021, UAE will host Expo 2020 Dubai, which was postponed due to the pandemic. By then, the China Pavilion will present China’s new outlook to the world with the theme of "Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind - Innovation and Opportunity", which is aligned with Pujiang Innovation Forum. In addition, before the Expo is officially held, it is of great significance for both parties to take the lead in having in-depth discussions on the cooperation on science and technology innovation with the help of the platform of the Forum.
2021 Pujiang Innovation Forum is coming soon. Let’s look forward to the "century-long plan" of China-UAE science and technology cooperation!