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Upcoming 2017 Summer Davos to focus on inclusive growth

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-06-21 09:52

BEIJING - Over 2,000 prominent leaders from politics, business, civil society, academia and the arts will convene in China's northeastern coastal city Dalian, from June 27 to 29 for the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as Summer Davos.

The meeting, themed "Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution," will focus on how technology and policy innovations can accelerate a more inclusive style of economic growth that prioritizes meaningful job creation and sustainable development.

Established in 2007, the meeting has become a key gathering on science, technology and innovation.

"Technology and innovation have a huge role to play in helping to build societies that are resilient, prosperous and inclusive. The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is unique not only in its ability to equip leaders with the insights needed to successfully navigate this period of change, but also in the way it convenes leaders from across all stakeholder groups. We hope in this way that it provides leaders with a platform to build meaningful, multi-stakeholder partnerships to address the critical challenges our world faces," said David Aikman, chief representative officer, Greater China, World Economic Forum.

The 2017 program focuses on four themes that will shape more than 200 sessions over the three-day meeting: focusing on scaling up human-centered technology, leading continuous reinvention, creating sustainable systems and responding to geo-economic shifts.

"The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is an important platform for Dalian and China. Dalian is honored to successfully host five of the last 10 meetings. Dalian Municipal Government attaches great importance to the preparation of this year's meeting with new innovative ideas in order to ensure that, once again, the meeting can best present the city as well as of the international standard," said Lu Lin, vice mayor of Dalian.

"The theme of this year's meeting reflects a strong will of the international community to share the opportunities and face the challenges arising from technological innovation together. We expect the discussions and insights on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to bring us valuable inspiration and suggestions on how to build the world economy to be more creative, inclusive and sustainable," said Liang Linchong, deputy director-general, International Cooperation Department, National Development and Reform Commission.

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