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Tianjin Publishes Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innovation Co-operation Action Plan

In November last year, the Tianjin Municipal Science and Technology Commission published its blueprint for optimising the role that science and technology could play in securing the aims of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with particular regard to promoting innovation. Billed as the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innovation Co-operation Action Plan of the Tianjin Municipality (2017-2020), the document focuses on four particular priorities:

1)    Promoting Scientific, Technological and Personnel Exchanges

This includes inviting overseas scientific staff to Tianjin to conduct short-term research work and the teaching of scientific research management skills to personnel based in countries along the BRI routes, while also giving local staff the opportunity to work in an international environment.

2)    Jointly-Constructing Research Facilities

Mainland universities, scientific research institutions and technological enterprises are to be encouraged to co-operate with their counterparts in countries along the routes of the BRI. In order to deliver on this, sufficient resources will be provided to establish 100 joint facilities, including laboratories, research centres, overseas research institutions and overseas technology promotion centres.

3)    Promoting Science Park Co-operation

In line with this, a number of internationally-oriented science parks will be established in Tianjin, while overseas science parks will be utilised as a means of facilitating the move of domestic technological enterprises into a number of the BRI markets, as well as a way of expanding their marketing channels.

4)    Nurturing International Technology Transfer

This will include establishing around 50 international technology transfer centres, as well as the launch of more than 100 projects related to introducing advanced foreign technology into the local sector, while promoting Tianjin’s own areas of expertise on an international basis.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:
http://www.tstc.gov.cn/zhengwugongkai/zcfg/kjgf/2017/201711/t20171106_133982.html

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