SHANGHAI, 18 April 2019 - Co-hosted by China’s Ministry of Commerce, its Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Intellectual Property Administration and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, the 7th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair (CSITF) was held from 18 – 21 April.
During the Opening Ceremony, Mayor of Shanghai YING Yong, Vice Commerce Minister WANG Bingnan and Vice Science and Technology Minister XU Nanping delivered speeches, with Deputy Mayor of Liverpool Gary Miller and Representative of the Governor of Saarland Ammar Alkassar in attendance. Former Chief Negotiator and Deputy Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Minister LONG Yongtu hosted the Forum titled ‘Technologies that changed the world: bringing together global innovation wisdom and sharing a new phase of technology trade’.
“UNIDO is dedicated to achieving common prosperity by promoting sustainable technological innovation and responsible investment”, said Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation. “CSITF is a great opportunity to actively promote the global technology flow and the real economy, also though UNIDO products and platform”.
UNIDO has hosted “UNIDO Day” every year since 2014 during CSITF to promote technology trade and inclusive and sustainable development for global industrial innovation, economic transformation and industrial upgrading. The year’s event was jointly hosted by UNIDO and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT); it was convened at the Shanghai Expo Center and focused on ‘Technology, investment, and innovation: a dialogue between the UNIDO ITPO Network and the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) Region on high quality development’.
Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Chairwoman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce SHANG Yuying and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Trade and Investment Promotion of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade YU Haiyan as well as UNIDO Director Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento delivered speeches on behalf of their respective organizations. UNIDO Day also brought together public and private representatives of the Yangtze River Delta, Chinese and foreign entrepreneurs as well as experts and scholars.
UNIDO Day also allowed for the launch of the “Impact Investment” online training course, which was jointly published by the UNIDO-TII Knowledge Hub and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) to promote responsible investment and sustainable technological capacity building
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