Experts see innovation and digital technology as the key to South-South cooperation

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Speakers stress that structural solutions can overcome problems and promote development

Editor’s note: The advent of the digital age has undoubtedly established the symbiotic relationship between science, technology and innovation on the one hand and social and economic growth on the other – which the key report handed over to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China highlighted, while calling for more efforts for China’s modernization. To soak up the spirit of this philosophy enshrined in the report, China Daily, in association with the University of Oxford, organized an online forum on Friday. The following special report summarizes the main information on the subject shared by the experts during the forum.

Qu Yingpu, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily, addresses the forum themed “South-South Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation” held online on Friday. CHEN ZEBING/CHINA DAILY

Technological innovation and the application of emerging digital technologies are playing an increasingly important role in promoting South-South cooperation, strengthening the governance capacities of developing countries and creating greater synergy in their development, speakers said Friday in an online forum.

Qu Yingpu, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily, pointed out that scientific innovation and the application of new technologies serve as a structural solution to the problems facing southern countries in their development.

A report submitted to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China stressed the need to “regard science and technology as our main productive force, talent as our main resource, and innovation as our main engine of growth”.

Noting that China attaches great importance to science and technology development and international cooperation, Qu said: “Over the past decade, the contribution of science and technology to China’s economic growth has significantly increased, which has laid a solid foundation for the country to take China forward. modernization.”

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He also said China’s path to modernization offers an alternative way for countries to achieve rapid development while maintaining their independence.

“China is committed to being a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order. It is also a key participant and contributor to global development cooperation. global strategic perspective, a stronger South – Southern cooperation will help promote democracy in international relations,” Qu said.

Organized by China Daily’s China Watch Institute and the Center for Development Technology and Management, part of the University of Oxford, the forum themed “South-South Cooperation in Science, Technology and ‘innovation’ was held online on Friday.

Qu said the purpose of holding the forum is to share the experience of sustainable development and build consensus to promote South-South cooperation, thereby contributing to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

He called for efforts to strengthen South-North cooperation and deepen South-South cooperation, and align the Global Development Initiative with existing development and cooperation strategies of participating countries to generate greater synergy in global development.

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