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Guangzhou in bid to become talent hot spot

December 27
20:06 2021

Latest events focus on innovation, cooperation

Technology and innovation are being emphasized at the latest edition of a decades-old recruitment drive for overseas talent for the development of Guangzhou and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The 2021 Convention on Exchange of Overseas Talents and the Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology begin on Friday in Guangzhou, the capital city of southern Guangdong province.

With the theme of “talents, innovation, win-win”, the conventions aim to introduce high-caliber individuals from overseas to China and particularly the Greater Bay Area, which covers nine cities in Guangdong province and the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, and to provide these individuals with networking opportunities and other professional services.

The events are hosted by the Ministry of Education, the Overseas-Educated Scholars Association of China and the Guangzhou government.

The conventions focus on facilitating talent supply to emerging industries of strategic importance as outlined in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), and frontier technology sectors, including artificial intelligence, biotechnology and new energy.

The events are to be attended by noted experts, business executives, officials, overseas talent and potential Chinese employers.

The overseas talent include Chinese studying or working overseas and foreign professionals and students. The potential Chinese employers include universities, research institutes, technology companies and science parks.

The experts include nearly 20 academicians from China and abroad. Among them are Zhong Nanshan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Edvard Moser, a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; Mohamad Sawan, a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and Chen Shiyi, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

An online event is being held on Friday to mark the opening of the conventions.

The main activities of the conventions, including themed forums, roadshows and field trips, will be held at later dates, the organizers said.

One of the forums, themed around attracting talent to the Greater Bay Area, will invite high-level professionals from overseas to share their views on topics such as how to introduce, utilize and retain overseas talent in an efficient manner and how to create an enabling environment for overseas talent looking to start businesses in the region.

The founding teams of technology unicorns, top young technology talent, trailblazing innovators and foreign experts working in Guangzhou will share their entrepreneurial experiences and stories about life in the city at an event for overseas talent looking to start businesses in the Greater Bay Area.

The 2021 list of startup companies with the most potential for growth that are established by returned overseas-educated Chinese will be released by the China alliance for services for returned overseas-educated Chinese during the conventions, as a way to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the organizers.

Shortlisted entries for the 16th Chunhui Cup Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, will be exhibited during the conventions.

The main functions of the conventions are accessible on the event’s upgraded website, where users can visit 3D virtual booths, take part in online forums and learn about the latest policies.

To facilitate recruitment activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the website has set up dedicated recruitment sections for overseas Chinese, foreigners, State-owned enterprises and emerging industries.

The organizers have adopted measures to establish longstanding platforms to serve talent when the conventions are not in session.

The measures include building entrepreneurial services and cooperation parks for returned overseas-educated Chinese in collaboration with 15 science parks, and making the online services on the official website and WeChat account available after the conclusion of the conventions.

The 2020 edition of the conventions were effective in serving the needs of returned overseas-educated Chinese amid COVID-19-induced challenges, according to the organizers. Consisting of both online and in-person activities, the 2020 edition attracted nearly 5,000 talents from 41 countries and regions including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada.

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