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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Wednesday, March 28 2018 - 18:00
AsiaNet
Zhongshan's Annual Investment Fair Focuses on Building the Greater Bay Area by Innovation-driven Development
ZHONGSHAN, China, Mar. 28, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On March 28, the 2018 Zhongshan Trade, Investment and Top Talent Fair and the 
Fifth Top Talent Networking Zhongshan kicked off under the theme of "Innovation 
Spearheads Development and Collective Wisdom Shapes Bay Area", drawing 1,000 
participants from more than 10 countries and regions. 

The accumulating innovative elements and collective wisdom have enabled 
Zhongshan to further contribute to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong 
Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with its competitiveness in geographical location, 
industries, innovation and living environment.

This year, investment attracting was more aligned with the city's core 
objective -- to steer the economy towards high-quality development driven by 
innovation. The opening ceremony of the Fair saw the signing of a cluster of 
projects, including Tianhe Super-computing Pattern Recognition and AI Team, 3D 
Bio-printing Center for Precision Medicine, Siasun Intelligent Manufacturing 
Research Institution and HKUST-Zhongshan Joint Innovation Center, signaling new 
drivers of growth in gathering innovative resources, transforming and upgrading 
in industrial sectors, and deepening cooperation within the Greater Bay Area.

According to Lei Yuelong, vice mayor of Zhongshan, the city aims to build 
itself into a world-class base for advanced manufacturing, regional 
transportation hub, industrial innovation center and notable historic and 
cultural city. The Fair, sticking to those goals, helps bring in teams 
specializing in technological innovation, carriers for research and 
development, inspection and testing platforms, and projects of premium 
productive services and cultural tourism from overseas. 

The Fair consisted of 20 themed sessions, including Partnering Forum on 
Zhongshan Intelligent Manufacturing and International Industrial Cooperation, 
Seminar on Overseas Talent and Technological Project Cooperation, etc., to help 
increase connectivity among industries, technologies, projects, talents and 
professional teams.

Over recent years, Zhongshan has yielded fruitful results in drawing talents 
through the signature event of Top Talent Networking Zhongshan and introduction 
of 18 new talent-oriented policies. Statistics show that the past four talent 
networking events, with 47 special sessions, drew 23 academicians, 100 figures 
from China's Recruitment Program of Global Experts and 136,000 global talents. 
Up to 220 talent cooperation projects were signed, some involving bringing in 
teams of academicians. 

By the end of 2017, Zhongshan had been home to a national entrepreneurship park 
for overseas students, 26 business incubators at city and township levels, 43 
working platforms for post-doctorate fellows and 88 cooperation platforms for 
colleges and universities outside Zhongshan. Beyond that, there are two 
overseas talent workstations (in Boston and Silicon Valley), ten national 
innovation platforms and their branches, ten academician workstations and 29 
master technician workrooms. Statistics relating to drawing professionals have 
all hit record highs, demonstrating the city's strong network of high-caliber 
personnel in its sustained economic and social development.

Source: The Organizing Committee of the Zhongshan Trade, Investment and Top 
Talent Fair