Understanding the software industry development in China
Photo: Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing, held welcoming speech
On the 29 of June 2018, the 22nd China International Software Expo was opened at Beijing Exhibition Center. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology attended the global summit forum of software industry development.
The Expo was hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government. Miao Wei, Minister of MIIT and Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing delivered welcoming speeches. The forum gathered representatives from nearly 400 companies, officials from 18 Chinese local administrations and 11 foreign embassies, discussing software development, big data and information technology.
deeping the strategic partnership between Burgenland and Hunan Province
Photo: Hans Niessl, XU Dazhe
10 June 2018 – A Delegation of the Province of Burgenland and BMVIT, composed by Mr Hans Niessl (Governor), Mr Christian Illedits (President of the Provincial Parliament), Mr Alexander Petschnig (Vice Governor), Mr Gernot Grimm (Head of the Staff Group Technology Transfer) and other officials paid a visit to China from 10th to 17th of June 2018. The delegation stopped at first in Hongkong and Jieyang in order to meet several high level officials and take part in commercial forums.
On the 13th of June the Burgenland Delegation met Mr XU Dazhe (Governor of Hunan Province) accompanied by OSTA and Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy, in Changsha and had fruitful talks about the long term established partnership of both sides. On the next day companies from Burgenland attended a business forum and promoted their advantageous technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and water treatment.
On the following days the Delegation made stops in the cities of Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. In Zhangjiajie the Mayor of the city of Mörbisch in Burgenland signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Zhangjiajie.
Moderating the S&T Forum
Photo: Philipp Agathonos
08 June 2018 – A delegation led by the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone and EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) visited Austria and participated at the Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum which was hosted by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Promotion Agency. A group of Chinese officials also used this opportunity to meet representatives of several Austrian Ministries (BMVIT, BMDW and BMBWF) and the Global Incubator Network, which supports international Start-up cooperation. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), supported the delegation in terms of moderating the event and facilitating the visit of the delegation to the AIT and the ÖBB Open Innovation Centre.
Determining common cooperation fields
Photo: Representatives of BMVIT, CCUD, Chengdu DRC and OSTA
04 June 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) greeted distinguished guests from the Chengdu Development and Reform Commission and the China Center for Urban Development in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly talked about projects relating to JPI Urban Europe, Smart City, Positive Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied the delegation and provided valuable background information which facilitated the discussions.
At the end of the meeting both sides confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.
OSTA participates in this event
Photo: Company presentation on the summit
Photo: Mr Agathonos, President Segree Dai and Ms Lara Zheng on discussion
Following an invitation by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC), Minister Plenipotentiary Agathonos attended the 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit in Chengdu, which was organized with the support of the management committee of Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT) at the Headquarters of EUPIC. Other Co-organizer included Tech Tour, the International Venture Club and the European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs (ENRICH), China. This event attracted numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors on the Networking Night on May 19. More than 20 companies gave presentations in the fields of Sustainability and Health on the Innovation Project Roadshow on May 19. B2B Matchmaking meetings were subsequently held.
On the margins of the event, Mr Agathonos met with Ms Segree Dai, the President of EUPIC (Chengdu) to discuss the preparation of the upcoming visit by a EUPIC-led delegation to Vienna on 8 June 2018, the possible assistance by EUPIC to boost the smart-city cooperation between Austria and the Tianfu New Area, the Austrian participation at the EU-CN Business and Technology Cooperation Fair to be held in Qingdao and Chengdu in September 2018 and the next edition of the Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. Mr Agathonos also met Ms CHEN Xiaolin, Director of the publicity department of Youxian District committee, Mianyang and invited companies from Mianyang to participate at the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. The possible site visits in Mianyang in the margins of the Technology Day will be further explored at a later stage.
Fruitful participation and information exchange of the BMVIT with Chinese city representatives
Photo: Inaugural ceremony of the “Horizon 2020” EU-China Sustainable Urbanization Pairing Cities
Photo: bilateral meeting between BMVIT and chinese city representatives
18 Mai 2018 – The fourth EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development & EU-China Intelligent Technology Innovation Summit organized by the China Center of Urban Development (CCUD) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) took place in Tianjin. More than 300 city representatives, experts, high-tech corporate leaders and media elites both from China and Europe participated at the forum and exchanged ideas on technological innovation, smart cities and related topics.
Mr. Gernot Grimm, Head for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Director for the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing participated in thematic panel discussions. The Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT and the Austrian Technology Corporation – ATC were also present at the event and were asked to hold presentations.
During the forum BMVIT also held several bilateral meetings with the vice mayor of Jiaxing Nanhu New Area, the Chief Ingenieur of the Construction Committee of City of Huangshi, the vice director of the Changde Administrative Committee and the vice mayor of the Changbaishan Chibei Area and discussed opportunities for cooperation.
Information exchange about joint programs in the framework of bilateral cooperation agreement
Photo: Mr. DONG Keqin, Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Mr. Alexander Unkart, Mr. Philipp Agathonos
16 Mai 2018 – A delegation of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology represented by Mr. Alexander Unkart who was accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Ministry of Science and Technology and met Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Consultant of the MOST and Mr. DONG Keqin, Director at the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and other representatives of MOST and CSTEC. Main topic of the fruitful discussions was the implementation of the cooperation agreement between MOST and BMVIT signed on 8 April 2018 and the definition of a roadmap for the first call for joint projects due in the first half of 2019. Both sides were confident, that their cooperation will be successful.
Enhancing dialogues and exchanges between Austria and China
Photo: the reception at the Austrian Embassy
Photo: Planting Ceremony during visit in Zhige
Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen with a 250-person-strong delegation has paid a state visit to China from 7 to 12 April 2018. The delegation also included a cultural and scientific delegation with more than 30 high-ranking members from distinguished Austrian universities and organizations. The Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Beijing accompanied the delegation during their visits in Beijing and in Province Sichuan.
In Beijing, the delegation visited sites and monuments, like the Great Wall and the Lama Temple, as well as contemporary art clusters like the 798 Art Zone. They also visited the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, where the delegation got an overview of the long history, the current developments and future planning of the city Beijing.
On the 9th April, OSTA and the Austrian Cultural Forum co-hosted a reception at the Austrian Embassy for the cultural and scientific delegation. More than 50 Chinese officials, professors and representatives from renowned research and cultural organizations and universities also participated in the special event, which provided excellent networking opportunities for the Chinese and the Austrian guests.
A highlight of the visit in Province Sichuan was the visit to the China Zhige Peace Culture International Exchange Center (ZPCC), where the delegation got an understanding of peace culture in the region and discussed about the cooperation opportunity with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR). After this visit, the delegation attended the opening ceremony of the new Austrian consulate general in Chengdu.
In Chengdu, the delegation also accompanied the President Mr Van der Bellen and witnessed the launch of the China-Europe freight train service linking Chengdu with Austria’s capital Vienna.
Through a big variety of cultural and scientific activities in Beijing and Chengdu the delegation gained a better understanding of China’s cultural and scientific developments over the past years. The successful visit of the delegation will further intensify the scientific cooperation and cultural exchanges between Austria and China.
pilot initiative “Tecxport” of BMVIT promotes bilateral cooperation
Photo: FFG signed MoU with Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD)
On the occasion of the state visit of Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce co-organized the Austrian Technology Day in Beijing, on 10th April 2018.
Mr Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Ms Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitalisation and Economy, Mr Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Mr Fan Hengshan, Deputy Secretary General of the National Development and Reform Commission attended the opening ceremony and witnessed the signing of eight cooperation agreements between Austria and China. During the opening session, FFG signed an MoU with the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). This agreement will be an important cornerstone for the future cooperation in the field of research and development between companies and research institutions in Austria and the province Zhejiang.
The Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the FFG in cooperation with Advantage Austria has launched the pilot initiative “Tecxport” (TEChnology and eXPORT) last year. The initiative aims to facilitate the establishment of business relationships and the transfer of technology. During the Austrian Technology Day, more than 80 well-known Austrian and Chinese companies attended the event and listened to 41 company presentations on latest technologies, products and services. The topics of the presentations covered subjects from mobility technologies, over smart city technologies and green energy to production technologies.
The Austrian Technology Day was an outstanding opportunity for Austrian companies to present their technologies and find potential Chinese partners.
Report of the Austrian Technology Day (German)
Tighter economic relationship between Austria and China
Photo: Minister Schramböck visits Huawei Exhibition Center in Beijing
Photo: Minister Schramböck meets Vice Minister of MIIT, CHEN Zhaoxiong
During the state visit of Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen and Federal Counsellor Sebastian Kurz to China, the Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Dr. Margarete Schramböck visited the Huawei Beijing Exhibition Center, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Alibaba Group on Monday, 9th of April 2018. Both sides emphasized the importance of maintaining a functioning multilateral trade system and exploring the potential provided by the increase in the volume of E-Commerce.
On Tuesday, 10th of April, Minister Schramböck participated at the opening and the signing ceremony of the Austrian Technology Day co-organized by OSTA (on behalf of FFG) and Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ). She subsequently attended a bilateral meeting with representatives of the China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and paid a visit to the Jingdong (JD) Technology Co. Ltd., where a strategic cooperation agreement was signed. During the subsequent bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) she had an exchange of views on Austrian-Chinese cooperation in the field of electronic industry.
Minister Schramböck concluded her visit at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, where she co-signed an MoU concluded between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) and attended a reception organized by OSTA with more than 40 Chinese and Austrian representatives from renowned IT-related companies, universities and institutes.