The Boao Forum for Asia will host a technology conference in Macau, aiming to “promote international exchange and cooperation” and “support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the organization indicated.

The “International Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (ISTIF)” will take place between the November 9 and 11, at the Service Platform Complex for Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries and at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, according to the program sent to the Lusa agency.

It is one of three major thematic conferences organized by the Boao Forum for Asia, whose annual conference was not held this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Founded in 2001, the forum is known as the “Asian Davos”, and is celebrated every year in the Chinese city of Boao, on the tropical island of Hainan, in the extreme south of the country, with the participation of heads of state and Government of countries around the world.

The conference to be held in Macau aims to “create a platform for comprehensive, high-level dialogue in the political, academic and business world in the areas of science, technology and innovation”, pointed out the organization.

The same note highlighted as objectives “to promote the construction of a new framework for scientific and technological governance” and “to support the United Nations to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainability”.

The event includes debates on fifth-generation networks, intellectual property or autonomous driving and artificial intelligence.

Beijing wants to equip its companies with capabilities in sectors with high added value, aiming to compete in the industries of the future, such as artificial intelligence, renewable energy, robotics and electric cars.

China’s ambitions for the technology sector have already led the United States to launch a commercial and technological war against the Asian country, which included banning exports of essential components for the Chinese telecommunications group Huawei.

According to the organization, 800 people are expected to attend the conference in Macau, including 600 representatives of leading companies in the technology sector. The same source estimates that ‘online’ participation will exceed 200,000 people.

Previously international organizations including World Intellectual Property Organization, International Telecommunication Union, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation have expressed their willingness to support and actively participate in the conference.

The issuance of visas to residents of the Chinese continent for travel to the Macau Special Administrative Region resumed on 23 September.

Entries to the region were banned in late January, when China quarantined much of Hubei province, admitting the seriousness of the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

In the first eight months of the year, some 3,570,019 visitors came to Macau, a decrease of more than 87 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

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