On September 4, the 2021 International Forum on South-South Cooperation and Trade in Services with the theme of “Digital Economy for South-South Cooperation” was held at China National Convention Center. It was the first of its kind during China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) centering on South-South cooperation.
The Opening Session featured knowledge and insights from QIAN Keming, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), HOU Junshu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress, Adel Abdellatif, Director a.i. of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and H.E. Mamadou Ndiaye, Ambassador of Senegal to the People’s Republic of China.
Participants agreed that South-South cooperation, as a great endeavor of unity and self-improvement among developing countries, will remain an important way to build new international relations and achieve global sustainable development in today’s complex and ever-changing international situation. It was pointed out in the Forum that the vast number of developing countries need to unlock the potential of cooperation in digital economy, actively respond to challenges, and empower multi-stakeholders, to generate synergistic efforts to bridge the digital divide. As an important force in South-South cooperation, China will continue to join hands with other developing countries to boost the capacity development in digital economy under the framework of South-South cooperation and make new contributions to realizing the commitment of “leave no one behind” in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
During the Keynote Session, LUO Yuze, Deputy Director and Researcher, Department of Foreign Economic Cooperation, Development Research Center of the State Council, H.E. Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman Elnor, Ambassador of African Union in China, CHEN Yubo, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Center for Internet Development and Governance, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and ZHA Xiaogang, Director and Senior Expert of the International Policy Center of Tencent Research Institute, delivered speeches theming as China’s New Development Model of Dual Circulation and South-South Cooperation, Actual Needs of Developing Countries in Developing Digital Economy, China’s Digital Economy and South-South Cooperation, and Tencent’s Digital Toolbox and Its Practices in Poverty Alleviation and Rural Revitalization respectively.
The following dialogue session centered on how to bridge the digital divide and promote sustainable development through South-South cooperation, joined by 6 discussants: WANG Luo, Director, Institute of International Development Cooperation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM, LIN Zhanxi, Chief Scientist of China National Engineering Research Center of JUNCAO Technology; Hernan Anibal Viola, Agro-Industrial Counsellor, Embassy of the Argentine Republic, WU Yabin, Head, Investment and Technology Promotion Office Beijing of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), XU Xiuli, Dean of the College of International Development and Global Agriculture at China Agricultural University, and LU Kuan, Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer, Intelligence System and Innovation Business CEO, BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
During the Promotion and Release Session, Beijing’s “Two Zones” —Integrated National Demonstration Zone for Opening up the Services Sector and China (Beijing) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and the new pattern of opening up were introduced; the research report of Digital Economy and China of Nankai University, International Guidelines for Industrial Parks of the UNIDO (Chinese Version), and the special issue of South-South in Action—China-Tanzanian Cooperation through Agriculture and Poverty Reduction Partnerships were released.
The Forum was co-organized by the UNOSSC and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), and co-supported by United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in China, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Food Programme Centre of Excellence for Rural Transformation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation of MOFCOM, China Agricultural University, Nankai University, School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University, China-Africa Business Council, China South-South Cooperation Network, and Global South-South Development Center Project.
The Forum was attended by 130 representatives from government departments, international organizations, embassies, academia, think-tanks, civil society organizations, and private sector and joined by over 1,200 viewers online. The Forum were jointly hosted by Devanand Ramiah, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in China, ZHANG Yi, Director General a.i., CICETE of MOFCOM, and TIAN Wei, Host of China Global Television Network (CGTN) and Special Advisor to UNDP.
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