Preparing the state visit to China
From 5 to 17 March 2018, a delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) visited Hongkong, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) accompanied the delegation in mainland China.
On 9 March, the delegation visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Chengdu, the S&T Department of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone (CDHT), the Chengdu International Railway Service Co., LTD (CDiRS) and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs (FAO). Both sides held fruitful talks about further cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of smart city, logistics, transportation and green technologies. The first direct freight train between Chengdu and Vienna will be opened to traffic during the state visit.
Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the commercial counsellor at the Austrian Consulate General in Shanghai Ms Christina Schösser attended the bilateral meetings on 12 in the city of Jiaxing. Ambassador Stift discussed with representatives of the Jiaxing Municipal Government, the local DRC, FAO and S&T departments, the potentials of collaboration and emphasized the strength of Austrian technologies in areas such as woodworking, chemical industry, advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies. More exchanges in business, talents, culture and technology, as well as education and tourism are to be expected. Jiaxing is actively looking for a twinning partner in Austria.
The delegation subsequently visited the Zhejiang Institute of Advanced Technology (ZIAT), China Academy of Science and the 36th Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). Collaboration with these Institutes focuses on smart city, Nano technology, ICT and new materials.
On 13 of March, the delegation visited the Science and Technology Department of the Zhejiang Province (ZSTD) and the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission in Hangzhou. BMVIT and ZSTD will promote a close applied research cooperation in fields such as information and communication technologies, smart city and environmental protection. An Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG) and ZSTD will be signed during the upcoming state visit.
In Beijing, the delegation visited the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), in order to prepare for the upcoming state visit of the Austrian President in April. The delegation also attended the 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC, which was held in Beijing on the 16th of March 2018.