Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer visits Beijing

More matching points in fields of infrastructure, transport, innovation and technology


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Photo: OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos, Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with MoST

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Photo: Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with CR

The Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer, who the accompanied the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen during his state visit to China held a series of successful bilateral meetings in Beijing. OSTA prepared and assisted Minister Hofer during his stay.

On Monday, 9 April, Minister Hofer met the President of Huawei Europe and other senior representative of the company and discussed the potential arising from the application of new technologies, in particular 5G, in the field of telecommunication as well as the Cyber Security challenges linked to technological advancement.

Minister Hofer subsequently paid a visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and had a frank exchange of views with the newly appointed S&T Minister Mr Zhigang WANG on how to fully exploit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BMVIT and MoST signed in front of the Presidents of the two countries on the previous day as well as cooperation strategies in the fields of smart city, energy buildings, green technology as well as infrastructure against natural disasters. Minister Hofer also signed with Mr WANG an MoU on the mobility of researchers on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Research, Mr Heinz Fassmann.

Accompanied by key representatives of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Minister Hofer also paid a visit to the CRRC Corporation Limited and to China Rail (CR).  The focus of the talks lay on railway cooperation in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative and on rolling stock cooperation on freight corridors between China and Europe. Two MoUs between the ÖBB and the CRRC as well as the ÖBB and the China Railway Group (CRECG) were signed in the presence of Minister Hofer.

Minister Hofer finally visited the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and met his counterpart, minister Xiaopeng Li. Both ministers underlined the importance of transportation and logistics for today’s global economy, and emphasized the need for a coordinated and balanced development in this sector.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Minister Hofer opened the Austrian Technology Day, which was organized by OSTA (on behalf of the FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and witnessed the signing of eight agreements between Austrian and Chinese partners.

Minister Hofer concluded his stay in Beijing at the Beijing Air Traffic Control Centre further expanding the transport cooperation from railways to aerospace.

Minister Hofer’s high-level talks in Beijing underlined that Transport, Innovation and Technology are a key element of Austria’s strategy for a closer relationship and deepened cooperation between Austria and China.

*The MoUs, which was signed by Minster Hofer in the Great Hall of the People in presence of the Austrian President Van der Bellen and the Chinese President XI Jinping, included:

(1) A Joint Declaration on the deepening of cooperation in the field of applied research and innovation between BMVIT and MoST;
(2) An Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 between BMVIT and MoT;
(3) A Common Declaration on future cooperation within regard to the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road initiative between BMVIT and NDRC;
(4) A Memorandum of Understanding between BMVIT and SIPO.

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BMVIT-Delegation visits Chengdu, Jiaxing, Hangzhou and Beijing

Preparing the state visit to China

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Photo: Ambassador Stift and the delegation at the Jiaxing Administration Center

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.

 

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Vienna Cyber Security Week 2018 was successfully held

“Cyber Security” as a non-negligible keyword for technologic development


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Photo: Philipp Agathonos hosted the day 5 conference on Securing Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies (or gave a keynote speech?) 

The second edition of Vienna Cyber Security Week was successfully held from 29 January to 02 February 2018 in Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The conference was organized by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), all other relevant ministries including the Federal Chancellery, in collaboration with Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Cybersecurity Platform and the Energypact Foundation.

National and international stakeholders attended the event aiming at further dialogue and cooperation in the field of cyber security for critical infrastructure with a focus on the energy sector. Ambassador Mikhail Konarovskiy, adviser to the Secretariat and Mr. Adilet Orozbekov, the Secretariat’s expert from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were present. Representatives from BMEIA, Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise (BMDW), Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), AIT, Energy Foundation, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) etc. (noch mehr ergänzen?) gave impressive keynote speeches on different sessions of the event. A Chinese delegation from China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) presented its achievements to the delegates on Day 3 (Technology exhibition with a booth provided by AIT) and took part in the Day 5 conference on Securing Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies.

The five-day event offered a unique forum for both governmental and non-governmental partners to delve into substantive debates over the protection of critical energy infrastructure, combating cybercrime, cyber diplomacy and the future of technologic development in the energy sector.

 

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The 10th China Energy & Environment Summit opens

Cyber security meets critical energy infrastructure  

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on CEES

On the 1st of December 2017, the 10th China Energy & Environment Summit (CEES) opened at the Lecture Hall of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Following the invitation of CEES, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure”.

As one of the five keynote speakers on the opening, Mr Agathonos emphasized the necessity and requirement of cyber security and introduced capacity building and successful established R&D competences in the field of digital safety and security in Austria, and in particular of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He underlined the linkages between cyber security, energy and infrastructure. Mr Agathonos also mentioned the National Cyber-Exercise for critical infrastructure operators in Austria, which took place on 6-7th of November 2017 and the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th of January to 2nd February 2018 and will focus on the Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure and the Security of Smart Cities and Energing Technologies.

CEES is organized by the China Energy and Environment Research Center and China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily News. Supporting Organizations include the NDRC, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Institute of International Economy of UIBE and CCUD. Mr. Shifang SUN, president of China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily; Mr. Zhiqin LIN, deputy chairman of CEES, Director of China Energy and Environment Research Center, Prof. of UIBE etc. participated in the summit.

 

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