|Chin and New Zealand Met to Market S&T Findings|
Officials from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and New Zealand Ministry of
Research, Science and Technology met on April 17, 2008, to enhance the marketing
aspects of S&T findings. LIU Yanhua, Chinese Vice-Minister of Science and Technology, and
Pete Hodgson, the visiting Minister for Research, Science and Technology, made their key
note speeches at the opening meeting. LIU introduced China's proprietary innovation
strategies, and discussed both opportunities and challenges that two nations have shared
in the development of science and technology. He said S&T cooperation between the two
countries shall be more on mechanism innovations, allowing the marketplace to play a role.
He added that industry shall be encouraged to become a key player of S&T cooperation
between the two countries, rendering their due contributions to the economic, social, and
S&T development. Pete Hodgson said: "it is New Zealand's strong commitment to build a
scientific partnership with China, after the signing last week of a historic free trade
agreement". He believed that both China and New Zealand share a broad perspective for
cooperation in the fields of sustainable agriculture, climate change, polar study, and
functional foods, and the collaboration is important to the sustained economic growth and
development of both countries.
At the meeting, some 200 government officials, researchers, and entrepreneurs from
China and New Zealand discussed a string of collaborating issues on energy, environment,
food, health, biotechnology, and agriculture.