China convened the Asia-Europe Innovation & Development Forum on 10-11, September 2019, in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The Forum was co-organised by China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (MOFA).

In October 2018, at the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12) in Brussels, China’s Premier Li Keqiang delivered a keynote speech proposing that a high-level dialogue on innovation-driven development be held and suggested all parties’ active participation and joint contribution to an open and innovative world.

To promote the business community in Asia and Europe to actively cooperate in innovation-driven development, the Forum focused on the theme “Innovation for Development: Fostering New Growth Drivers” and discuss relating topics such as, 1) innovation & development on information technology between Asia and Europe, 2)smart city, 3)intelligence manufacture, 4)e-commerce Innovation and others with common interests. It also aimed to serve as a platform for all parties to share best practices, seek and build common ground and consolidate practice cooperation between Asia and Europe.

Considering the advanced technology and cooperation in related areas among the ASEM Partners, China sincerely invited all ASEM Partners to attend the forum.

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