On July 25th, 2019, "2019 Development Forum for Chengdu&Chongqing Economic Zone" was held in Chengdu. The forum theme is "China's Fourth Pole and World Urban Agglomeration", which was sponsored by Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences and Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences. More than 100 experts and scholars from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Sichuan University, Chongqing University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Northwest University of Technology and well-known institutes and universities inChina, participated in the forum.
In the opening ceremony, Professor Li Houqiang, Secretary of the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences Committee of the CPC, and Professor Tang Qingyang, President of Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences delivered speeches and keynote speeches respectively. The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Xiangbaoyun, President of Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences.
Li Houqiang delivered a keynote speech entitled "Joint efforts to build a world-class Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration". He believes that since ancient times, Chengdu and Chongqing have lived together along the Yangtze River and drank from a river together. Chengdu and Chongqing share the same history, culture, geography and economy. They are the frontiers ofChina's opening to Central Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia and other countries and regions. The two places should accurately grasp the opportunities from the national strategy, and clearly recognize the objective gaps between Chengdu &Chongqing urban agglomeration and world-class agglomeration to realize breakthrough in thinking, mechanism, interests and protection, which should be made to speed up the construction of a world-class Chengdu&Chongqing urban agglomeration as the "fourth pole" in China.
Tang Qingyang pointed out, in his keynote speech entitled "the integrated development for high quality of Chengdu Chongqing in the new era: mission, opportunity and strategy", Chengdu&Chongqing is an important strategic fulcrum for the development in the western region. Chengdu&Chongqing urban integration and high-quality development is an important strategic choice for balanced and coordinated development in China and an active strategic choice for enhancing China's economic and political security. He suggested that Sichuan and Chongqing should work together to upgrade the integrated development for urban agglomeration into a national strategy and strive for major national facilities platform projects and layout.
In the theme forum, Ni Pengfei, a researcher at the Institute of Financial Strategies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shen Guilong, a researcher in the World Institute of Chinese Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Sheng Yi, a researcher in Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, made thematic reports respectively. During the summit dialogue, the participants discussed the major opportunities and challenges, development paths and mechanism for promoting the urban agglomeration development
Professor Xiang Baoyun pointed out that the rise of urban agglomeration is an important symbol of economic development to a certain stage, and world-class urban agglomeration has become a key factor to determine a country's status in the global economic structure. Chengdu&Chongqing urban agglomeration bears more responsibilities and expectations in the critical period of the transformation of economic development momentum in the new era. Experts'insights in the forum have provided strong intellectual support for Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration to enter the world-class urban agglomeration. The integrated development of Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration will surely lead to a better future.
The 2019 Chengdu&Chongqing Economic Zone Development Forum is an important academic conference held on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China and the critical moment for to actively engage in the ongoing education campaign themed "staying true to our founding mission." The forum received more than 30 papers on the development of Chengdu&Chongqing urban agglomeration, and 20 papers were selected in this conference. Eleven of them were awarded excellent papers by experts, including 2 first prizes, 3 second prizes and 6 third prizes.
Translated by wengjun