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2018 China “Internet Plus” & Digital Economy Summit Held in Chongqing

    On April 12, the 2018 China “Internet Plus” & Digital Economy Summit was kicked off in the south-western mega-city of Chongqing, where brought enterprise representatives, experts and scholars and government officials from all parts of China together, themed on “New Ecosystem Brings New Sharing Opportunities”, discussing the economic development plan of “Internet Plus” & Digital Economy. Tang Liangzhi, Mayor and Deputy Secretary of Chongqing Communist Party of China Municipal Committee, and Zhang Jianxing, Deputy Director of People's Daily attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech respectively.
    On behalf of Chongqing Communist Party of China Municipal Committee, Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and Chen Min’er, Secretary of Chongqing Communist Party of China Municipal Committee, Mr. Tang extended his warm welcome to all the present guests. He said that, the digital revolution backed by the internet and big data is increasingly and profoundly changing the economy pattern and people’s living as well as unprecedentedly reshaping the new blueprint of economic development in the new era. The 19th CPC National Congress proposed that efforts should be made to provide powerful support for building China’s strength in network, digital power, and for building a smart society with digital economy. President Xi Jingping repeatedly underlined the importance to speed up the national development strategy for big data so as to build a digital China. Predictably, digital economy is bound to become the core driver for advancing the high-quality economic growth with the continuous optimization of digital economy ecosystem in China. Currently, Chongqing has deepened to study and put the guiding principles of the 19th CPC National Congress into practice and fully implement the spirit of important speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping. Focusing on the strategic position, strategic objectives and strategic paths by Xi, Chongqing plans to implement the action plan for innovation-driven development led by the big data intelligence, go to great lengths to build the development pattern for intelligent industries, intelligent manufacturing and intelligent applications in a bid to build the first-class smart city in China. Chongqing boasts a good foundation and tremendous prospects for development in intelligent industries, intelligent manufacturing, intelligent applications and Internet infrastructure and platforms. It is also willing to share the development opportunites for digital economy with all, and draw a beautiful blueprint for “Internet Plus” and digital economy as well.
     Zhang Jianxing said that the Internet Plus was heading for a deep integration with the boom of a digital economy in China today, and the real economy, people's livelihood and government affairs had been connected and blended more closely with new technologies, creating more valuable applications and benefiting more people from innovations. Following the guidance of the Central Committee, People's Daily had actively participated in the practice of media convergence, established the Central Kitchen, a media hub affiliate to People's Daily, and put into use, had also built the National Party Media Information Public Platform, promoting integration from expansion, constantly playing a leading role in the national media. People's Daily would continue to promote the activity of “Internet Plus” case collection to include more excellent cases from more fields in China, further advancing the development of digital economy and making new contributions to building a digital China.
    Pony Ma, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent, Fu Yuning, chairman of China Resources Group and Liu Qiangdong, chairman and chief executive officer of JD.com also attended the summit.
    It is reported that the summit directed by Chongqing Municipal Government and jointly sponsored by National Party Media Information Public Platform of People's Daily, Chongqing Economic and Information Technology Commission and Tencent, is for now the largest high-end summit focusing on the Internet Plus digital economy as well as the first one held in China's central and western regions this year. During the summit, the China Internet Plus Index Report (2018) released by Tencent Research Institute revealed that Chongqing ranked 7th in the annual city ranking of overall Internet Plus index and 9th of digital economy index.

   

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