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Qingdao Forum on Intl Standardization held

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2019-10-29

The 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization began on Oct 28 in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province.

The event, themed around "international standards and the fourth industrial revolution", gathered more than 730 guests from international and regional standardization organizations, enterprises, universities, and research institutes.

Tian Shihong, head of the Standardization Administration of China, delivered a speech during the opening ceremony.

Developing standards for industrial development and promoting the commercialization of innovations will surely be the focus of the fourth industrial revolution, he said.

He added that the national standardization administration will further deepen standardization reforms, strengthen international standardization cooperation, improve mutually beneficial cooperation mechanisms, participate in international standardization activities, continue to strengthen its capacity, and promote strategic alignment and system compatibility between Chinese and international standards.

Ling Wen, vice governor of Shandong, said that the Shandong provincial government attaches great importance to promoting standardization and integrating the fourth industrial revolution.

He said that the forum was held in Qingdao because it was a dynamic city that will likely play a leading role in the future industrial civilization and modernization process.

He also expressed hope that industry leaders would choose Shandong as a testing ground for putting theory into practice and that the city would create new models and standards for all of society.

John Walter, president of the International Organization for Standardization, said that it is heartening to see that this event is filled with discussions and debates on issues where standardization is expected to play an increasingly important role.

Standards are essential to achieving sustainable development and creating intelligent working systems. New technologies are also key to achieving these goals, he said.

The event was held by the Qingdao government under the guidance of the International Organization for Standardization, the International Electrotechnical Commission, the International Telecommunication Union, the Standardization Administration of China, and the Shandong Provincial Government.

It consisted of a main forum, five sub-forums on the modern marine industry, international intelligent manufacturing, environmental protection, the new display industry, and talent cultivation, one seminar, and a project-matchmaking activity.

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John Walter, president of the International Organization for Standardization, delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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More than 730 guests from international and regional standardization organizations, enterprises, universities, and research institutes attend the event. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Attendees talk during a sub-forum of the 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]