Yesterday on March 28th, the Management Committee of Nansha Free Trade Zone (FTZ) held an AI themed sub-forum at the 2018 Guangzhou Annual Investment Conference, aiming to highlight the district’s opportunities and achievements in building itself as an AI industrial cluster.
The sub-forum was overwhelmingly crowded as it attracted a large number of representatives from world’s leading enterprises, such as, Huawei, iFlytek and Pony.ai, and overseas attendants from foreign consulates in Guangzhou and foreign chambers of commerce.
Cai Chaolin, standing member of the CPC Guangzhou Committee and Party Chief of Nansha district, gives a speech during Nansha’s sub-forum. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Cai Chaolin, standing member of the CPC Guangzhou Committee and Party Chief of Nansha district, introduced that Nansha is a promising place for development as it’s located at the center of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area which is the most dynamic economy around the world.
“Being a FTZ and a state-level new area, Nansha is supported by a wide range of profitable policies in China,” said Cai Chaolin, “in the future, we will devote to Guangzhou as well as Guangdong’s economic restructuring, scientific innovation, reform and openness and better governance.”
Zeng Jinze, Executive Chief of Nansha, added the district started building an AI industrial cluster in 2017, and by far has gained profound achievement. “We have established four high-end R&D platforms and attracted 32 AI enterprises. World’s top AI scientists including Yang Zhiyuan, Yao Qizhi, Zhou Xi and Wei Si have also joined our development,” he said.
Nansha’s AI forum attracts a large number of overseas attendants. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Meanwhile, KOLs in the AI industry gave insights into how they are operating businesses in Nansha. Wu Junhua from iFlytek, a leading language input software provider, said the company launched an AI institute in Nansha earlier this year, which would not only bring in its top technologies but a large amount of related talents.
“Our chief scientist, Wei Si, is the dean of our AI institute. He will cooperate with local universities and help foster talents for the industry,” said Wu Junhua, “we also utilize the strength of the Greater Bay Area and hire outstanding candidates from Hong Kong and Macao. We just finished the first round of recruitment in Hong Kong this mouth.”