【China Daily】Hangzhou dialogue covers talent search, high-quality development

November 09 , 2021

Representatives from international organizations, international chambers of commerce and multinational companies, as well as young global leaders, think tank scholars and entrepreneurs, gathered for the West Lake Dialogue on Nov 7 in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province. The dialogue was designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas on how Hangzhou can attract international talent and achieve high-quality development.

“As China further deepens reforms and opens up to other countries, attracting talent has become the top priority for its development. China is now providing a more open and equal environment, and is forging a cooperative platform for the innovation and entrepreneurship of international talents,” Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalization, said during his opening remarks.

During the event, the panel “Talent-driven Economic Development for Common Prosperity” was held to discuss issues like how to narrow the urban-rural gap to achieve rural revitalization, how to solve the problem of inequality through initiatives that can be developed with international input, and how to create a friendlier international environment for talent.

“Zhejiang has played a leading role in building a demonstration zone for achieving common prosperity and vigorously promoting China’s green, inclusive and sustainable high-quality development. Under the guidance of the United Nations 2030 initiative dedicated to promoting world peace and prosperity benefiting all mankind, other countries can share Hangzhou’s development experiences,” said Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations resident coordinator in China.

Another panel, “Building a Global City for Talent Acquisition”, was held to discuss measures to attract international talents, share experiences and lessons in global talent development, as well as how multinational firms can seize potential opportunities under China’s “dual circulation” development pattern, in which a strong domestic market allows domestic and overseas markets to reinforce each other.

Michele Geraci, former undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, said exchanges between China and Italy in historical culture, folk culture and trade have been active since the Italian explorer Marco Polo visited China in the 13th century.

“We are in a good era and at the same time, shoulder an important historical mission. We should continue to promote interpersonal communication at all levels,” Geraci said.

Younger global leaders, including Ludivine Destree, business manager of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and Jessie Li, chief scientist of the Yunqi Academy of Engineering, were invited to discuss the role of international youth in Hangzhou’s efforts to preserve its historical and cultural inheritance, as well as its efforts to further innovation in the “Towards a Shared Future: Hangzhou Youth Dialogue with Global Young Leaders” panel.

At the panel, the young global leaders discussed how international youth integrates into the construction of an international metropolis, helping it achieve innovation and development. They also detailed how Hangzhou, as a host city of the G20 summit, promotes active interaction and innovation among international youth.

“In the future, we hope to build Hangzhou into a place where global talents achieve their dreams and accelerate the speed in which Hangzhou attracts talents from all over the world. We are making every effort to build Hangzhou into a world-friendly city,” said Ke Jixin, vice-mayor of Hangzhou.

The event was sponsored by the Center for China and Globalization, the CPC Hangzhou Committee, and the Hangzhou government. It was organized by the Talent Division at the CPC Hangzhou Committee, the Shangcheng district CPC Committee, and the Shangcheng government.

It is part of the ongoing 2021 Hangzhou International Human Resources Exchange and Cooperation Conference, whose themes include leading high-quality development with talent and promoting the construction of a pilot area of common prosperity.

More than 40 activities, including the Chinese Overseas Students Conference and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas Talents, were held to build Hangzhou into a global talent hub and innovation center.

Additionally, the Yangtze River Delta Research Center of CCG was established and settled in Tonglu Fuchunshan Health City during the 10th Hangzhou Tonglu Science and Technology Talent Week, which will introduce high-end resources, empowering Tonglu’s industrial development and attracting international talent.

From China Daily, 2021-11-09