On May 24, 19 national academic leaders gave suggestions on Guangdong's innovation during a forum with Guangdong's governors. The forum covered issues of high-end industry, scientific cooperation and transportation, etc.
Han Qide, the vice president of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), suggested that Guangdong should focus on developing scientific and technological service industries and make Pearl River Delta (PRD) city groups a place to realize technological innovation.
According to Han, Guangdong needs to integrate its manufacturing industry with information and innovation so that the technological innovation advantage can attract more scientific talents.
Other mmbers of CAST said that the development of scientific and technological service industries enables research and development achievements to benefit underdeveloped regions in Guangdong. These developments also help solve unbalanced development between the PRD region and eastern, western and southern Guangdong.
Guangdong should also focus on taking advantage of some special technologies and materials such as panel display technology, the third generation of semiconductor materials and photonic chips, according to Gan Yong, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
By making using of 450mm-size silicon chip and the third generation of semiconductor, Guangdong will be able to enhance its core competitiveness in information industry, said Gan.
According to Shen Xiaowei, the director of IBM Research, Guangdong should seek a new development model under the "New Normal" economic situation. Shen said that it is essential to integrate Internet technology with other fields in society.
Zhong Nanshan, also from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that there are still institutional barriers for Guangdong in its scientific cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao.
According to Zhong, Hong Kong and Macao are still regarded as "overseas" areas and there are strict regulations for joint projects with the special administrative regions. Also, importing scientific equipment from Hong Kong is expensive because of high tariffs, said Zhong.
Zhong suggested that the Guangdong government give Hong Kong and Macao researchers equal rights as mainland counterparts. Zhong also suggested the State Council release specific guidelines to promote cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao on transit, taxation and funds applications.