The International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong Province 2017 (ICCFED 2017) was held on September 21 in Guangzhou. As a consultant, Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, corporate vice president of Microsoft, agreed to an exclusive interview with Newsgd.com, explaining his proposal to the Guangdong Government and Microsoft’s future plans in Guangdong.
During the interview, Hon emphasized the importance of digitalization as well as an innovative ecosystem, and expressed his willingness to cooperate with Guangdong to help set up the South China ‘Intelligence Valley’ for AI.
Governor Ma Xingrui (R) met Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, corporate vice president of Microsoft. (Photo: ICCFED official website)
Newsgd.com: What’s your proposal to Guangdong Government in ICCFED 2017?
Hon: My proposal lies on two points. The first one is about digital transformation.
I think this is a new economic form merging with the development of information technology. Thanks to the speedy development of information technology, great and rapid changes have taken place in different fields, sparking a digital revolution globally.
Microsoft has been working toward digital transformation in all industries globally and achieved much already. And we think it is certain that Microsoft and Guangdong can cooperate in this regard.
The second part is about the innovative ecosystem.
We are delighted to see that the government values innovation as the core of its 13th Five-Year Plan. We believe that it would help gather world-wide resources and enlighten the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Hence, I proposed that we should develop an innovative ecosystem including a good environment for technology exchange, enterprises’ innovative awareness and also optimized resource allocation.
Also, since the key to innovation is about talent, suitable preferential policies could be implemented to attract talent from across the globe.
Moreover, we also suggested Guangdong can take advantages of the current concentration of talent, industrial chain, and set up the South China Intelligence Valley for AI.