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Dalian hosting its eighth Summer Davos

By Zhang Xiaomin | China Daily | Updated: 2024-06-19 08:51

Pan Jiang (1st L), director of the international cooperation department of the National Development and Reform Commission, Chen Shaowang (2nd L), mayor of Dalian and Liming Chen (3rd L), Chair of Greater China at the World Economic Forum attend a press conference in Beijing, June 18, 2024. [Photo/Xinhua]

Around 1,600 global leaders from enterprises, governments, academia, and civil and international organizations will gather at the 15th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, in Dalian, Liaoning province, from June 25 to 27.

"Dalian will increase the influence of the forum with its openness and inclusiveness," Dalian Mayor Chen Shaowang said at a news conference in Beijing on Monday.

Both the province and the city are making every effort to ensure this year's event, with the theme "Next Frontiers for Growth", goes off without a hitch, he said.

"We will utilize 5G-Advanced innovative technology, present Liaoning and Dalian booths showcasing future digital products and application scenarios, and share the achievements of 'Digital China' with the participants," said Chen, who is also deputy Party secretary of Dalian.

The meeting will emphasize and promote green transformation through energy conservation and carbon reduction.

"To fulfill our commitment of hosting an economical meeting, we have prioritized green venue construction, green energy supply and green environment optimization," Chen said, adding that sufficient green electricity will be provided to core venues and supporting facilities, and a total of 647 new energy vehicles will be used to transport participants.

It will be the eighth Summer Davos Forum to be held in Dalian since the city first hosted it in 2007.

The meeting will focus on six topics: the global economy; China's international relationships; entrepreneurship in the age of artificial intelligence; new frontiers for industries; investing in people; and connecting climates, nature and energy.

Pan Jiang, director of the international cooperation department of the National Development and Reform Commission, said the meeting will show the international community the opportunities arising from China's modernization journey.

"During the annual meeting, we look forward to in-depth exchanges and cooperation between representatives from all sectors of the world, especially the business community, to encourage more foreign-funded enterprises to strenuously cultivate the Chinese market," Pan said.

"We also encourage qualified Chinese enterprises to go global and accelerate China's high-level opening-up efforts."

Hosting the meeting in China highlights that Asia is an engine of global growth and that China, as the world's second-largest economy, is still the largest contributor to that growth and plays a very important role in international affairs, said Chen Liming, the Greater China chairman of the World Economic Forum.

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