Press Conference on Construction of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) Is Held in Beijing

Cao Guoying, Zhu Jiade, Yuan Fang and Zhang Wei attended the conference

(Special dispatch from Beijing, Mianyang News) (Reporter: Liu Xin) On July 30, Press Conference on the Construction of China Science and Technology City (Mianyang) (hereinafter referred to as ¡°China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang)¡±) was held by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Sichuan Provincial People¡¯s Government in Beijing. At the conference, information about the construction of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) was released. The conference also announced that the 6th China (Mianyang) Science and Technology City International High-Tech Expo will be held from September 6 to September 9 in Mianyang, Sichuan this year. 123 journalists from 105 central and provincial-level news media including People¡¯s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, Science and Technology Daily attended the conference to conduct interviews and reports. Deputy Secretary-general of the provincial government, Zhu Jiade, announced the information at the conference. Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Cao Guoying, deputy secretary of the municipal party committee and acting mayor, Yuan Fang, and deputy director of the Provincial Science and Technology Department, Zhang Wei, answered questions from reporters.

At the conference, Mianyang is introduced as the only Sci-Tech City of China approved by the Party Central Committee and the State Council, an important production base of national defense and scientific research, and a key area for systematical implementation of experiments in comprehensive innovation and reform. Mianyang shoulders the national mission of exploring a path, accumulating experience and setting an example in military-civilian integration and innovation development. Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) made important instructions on the construction of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) and military-civilian integration development when he visited Sichuan in February this year. The Third Plenary Session of the 11th Sichuan Provincial Committee held in June this year proposed the idea of promoting the extraordinary development of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang). In recent years, China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) focused on the coordinated development of the national defense and economy, and promoted technology innovation and military-civilian integration, making remarkable achievements in mechanism innovation, scientific and technological achievements transformation, and innovation industry development. First, comprehensive innovation and reform have been carried out in depth; second, major projects in the national defense military industry have been successfully implemented; third, the drivers for innovation development have continued to strengthen; fourth, the transformation and upgrading of dominant industries have been improved; fifth, opening-up cooperation has been deepened. In the first half of this year, economic indicators in the Sci-Tech City maintained steady and rapid growth, showing a good momentum of vigorous development.

Zhu said that China (Mianyang) Science and Technology City International High-Tech Expo is held by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Sichuan Provincial People¡¯s Government. The Expo is held in Mianyang every year and has been successfully held for 5 years. It won the ¡°China Top Ten Brand Exhibition¡± for three consecutive years. The 6th China (Mianyang) Science and Technology City International High-Tech Expo will start from September 6 to September 9 this year, with the theme of ¡°Military-civilian Integration, Sci-Tech Innovation, Openness and Cooperation¡±. Covering an area of 70,000 square meters, 1.8 times than that of last year, the Expo will set up large-scale equipment and facility area and four pavilions, including military-civilian integration pavilion, international science and technology cooperation pavilion and BeiDou technology and applications pavilion, high-tech industry pavilion with over 10,000 products on the Expo. 31 events and 8 major activities such as International Military-civilian Integration Innovation Development Forums, Sci-tech city Investment Promotion and Demand and Supply Matching Conference, China Beidou Application Conference, etc., 23 special events such as China Aerodynamics Conference, China Nuclear Medicine Forum and the Aviation Industry Investment Summit Forum will be held. So far, many parties have enrolled to attend the Expo, and over 480 key exhibitors have been confirmed in their attendances, including China Military Equipment, China Aviation Development and other central military industrial groups, the United States 3M, Switzerland ABB and other Fortune 500 companies, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and other institutions.

Reporter from Sichuan Daily proposed the question ¡°For many years, the Ministry of Science and Technology has given great attention and support to the construction of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) and the Expo. What is the important measure that the Ministry of Science and Technology takes in promoting innovation in Mianyang?¡±

Cao Guoying answered that the Ministry of Science and Technology has earnestly fulfilled the duties as the head of the coordination team for the construction of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) and promoted China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) in military-civilian integration, technological innovation, industrial development, open cooperation, urban construction, and institutional mechanisms. As one of the organizers of the Expo, the Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to actively mobilize resources, strengthen the coordination and cooperation, and strive to make the Expo a scientific and technological event with big impact in China. In recent years, the Ministry of Science and Technology has listed Mianyang as the first batch of pilot areas for a combine of science and finance in China. It has identified Mianyang as a national-level cultural and technological integration demonstration base. Mianyang High-tech Zone has beenapproved as a pilot area for the national science and technology service industry, and the construction of the onlydual-use technology trading center for both military and civilian use in the country in China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) has been approved. The launch of the first national key laboratory for environmentally friendly energy materials in Sichuan will help promote China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) to play a leading role in innovation, military-civilian development.

Reporter from China Economic Weekly asked the question that ¡°The Expo has been successfully held for five consecutive years since 2013, with great popularity and influence. What kind of positive impact does the Expo bring to China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang)?¡±

Yuan Fang thanked the reporters for their continued interest in China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang). He said that with the strong support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and the provincial government, the Expo has grown from scratch and from small to large, and has become an important influential science and technology event in the country. It has effectively improved the popularity and reputation of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang), which have injected strong momentum into the extraordinary development of the Technology City. First, the Expo will follow the city¡¯s ¡°military industry genes¡± and effectively promote the deep development of the military and civilian integration in China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang). In the 13 pioneering experiences in China, Mianyang contributed 2 of them; in the first batch of 21 experiences shared in Sichuan province, Mianyang contributed 11; in the second batch of 21 experiences shared in Sichuan, Mianyang contributed 7 of them; 5 of them were related to Mianyang, and the experience in military-civilian integration was contributed by Mianyang. In 2017, there were 321 military-civilian integration enterprises in Mianyang, and the output value of military-civilian integration enterprises exceeded 150 billion yuan, accounting for more than 50% of the total industrial output value. Practice has proved that the Expo has become an important part of Mianyang¡¯s action to implement the military-civilian integration development strategy. Second, the Expo relies on the Mianyang¡¯s ¡°technical business card¡±, which has effectively promoted the innovation of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang). In recent years, the number and quality of national science and technology progress awards won by Mianyang ranks first in the national prefecture-level cities. The comprehensive index of science and technology innovation in the city has reached 70.64%; the contribution rate of science and technology to economic growth has reached 58%; the proportion of R&D investment in GDP has been in the leading position in the country. A national model city for intellectual property rights has been established. The Expo will not only makethe business card of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang) more brilliant, but also provide new impetus for Mianyang¡¯s implementation of innovation-driven development strategy. Third, the Expo will focus on opening-oriented direction and effectively promote the opening and cooperation of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang). In recent years, 78 companies including the world¡¯s top 500 companies and China¡¯s top 500 enterprises have established projects in Mianyang, 109 foreign-invested enterprises and a number of major industrial projects such as BOE have successfully launched in Mianyang. More and more well-known international and domestic enterprises get to know Sichuan and Mianyang by the Expo. The Expo is becoming a powerful engine for Mianyang¡¯s industrial transformation and upgrading, and economy development.

¡°What are the new highlights and innovations in this year¡¯s Expo?¡± asked reporter from the People¡¯s Daily.

The Expo will further highlight the theme of military-civilian integration, technological innovation, opening and cooperation to create a more unique, more professional, more effective and more exciting event this year. Yuan Fang said that the Expo has three characteristics compared with last year. First, the Expo focuses on the mechanism innovation and marketization. Enterprises will play the role of main market body in attracting business, organizing activities, providing supporting services, which will reduce the government¡¯s financial investment and administration, and improve the marketization. 360 Enterprise Security Group, WTIOP Group and other enterprises planned to be strategic cooperation units of China Science and Technology Association, China Satellite Navigation and Positioning Association, China Aerodynamics Association, China Nuclear Society, China Aviation Society and other units will participate in the exhibition, and organize professional forums. Second, it focuses on the military-civilian integration, making the Expo more professional. The Expo set up 10,000-square-meter military-civilian integration hall and the 7,500-square-meter Beidou Technology Application Exhibition Hall, the 2,100-square-meter aerospace exhibition area, the 2,000-square-meter nuclear technology application exhibition area, and other military-civilian integration exhibition areas for the first time, focusing on electronic information and high-end equipment, manufacturing and new materials industries. Achievements in the military and civilian integration and innovation will be shown. Mianyang strives to establish the first military-civilian integration Expo. Third, the Expo focuses on opening and cooperation, making it more international. The Expo will focus on foreign trade, technology and humanities and organize the host country activities. Mianyang will invite international friends, some foreign consulates, international organizations and business representatives to participate in the Expo. Seven international organizations, 40 well-known companies from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore will attend the Expo, which make the Expo more international.

Reporter from Xinhua News Agency asked ¡°It¡¯s known that over the past Expos, other cities in Sichuan attended the Expo as economic zones, what new changes will be made in this year?¡±

Zhang Wei answered that the Expo will focus on electronic information, equipment manufacturing, food and beverage, advanced materials, energy and chemical, and digital economy industry, and include activities such as presentation of five major economic zones, investment promotion, contract signing etc this year. Based on four major economic zones (Chengdu plain, Southern Sichuan basin, Northeastern Sichuan basin, Panxi area), ecological demonstration areas in Northwest Sichuan will be added. Chengdu, Luzhou, Nanchong and Liangshan will be the rotating cities (states) respectively for managing the areas. The latest achievements made in the technology innovation in Sichuan, and latest progress in comprehensive innovation reform experiments and results from industries of Sichuan characteristics will be shown in the Expo.

After the press conference, Yuan Fang accepted interviews from reporters from the People¡¯s Daily, Xinhua News Agency and CCTV on issues such as promoting the deep development of the military-civilian integration of China Sci-Tech City (Mianyang).

Member of the standing committee of the municipal party committee and director of the Publicity Department, Zhang Xuemin, and officials from other relevant departments attended the Press Conference.