Recently, the Fujian provincial summary meeting for preparations of service security forthe BRICS Xiamen Summit opened in Fuzhou. You Quan, Secretary of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, delivered a speech at the meeting, chaired by Yu Weiguo, Governor of Fujian Provincial People’s Government. Fujian Provincial leaders, Zhang Zhinan, Wang Ning, Gao Xiang, Pei Jinjia, Wang Hongxiang, Huang Qiyu, Yang Xianjin, Wang Huimin, and Li Dejin attended the meeting.
At the meeting, Liang Jianyong, Member and Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee read out the notification that the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee & Fujian Provincial People’s Governmenthonor the advanced collectives and individuals in preparations of service security forthe BRICS Xiamen Summit. FNU National Economic Comprehensive Competitiveness Research Branch Center (the Center) was awarded as “Advanced Collective in preparations of service security forthe BRICS Xiamen Summit”. Professor Huang Maoxing, executive deputy director of the Center, and Lan Xiaolin, a doctoral student, were awarded as “Advanced Individuals in preparations of service security forthe BRICS Xiamen Summit”.
Established in January, 2006, and headed by Professor Li Jianping,an ex-president of FNU,the Center gradually focused on competitiveness research, a characteristic direction, touching upon such key research areas as regional economy, environment, free trade zone, talent, international strategic issues, ecological civilization, achieving a lot of important research results, having a positive influence both at home and abroad, and thus becoming an influential well-known think tank in our country. In 2016, the Center was among the first selected source list of “Chinese Think Tank Index”. In 2008, after the global financial crisis broke out, the Center immediately carried out the national innovation competitiveness research, targeting the Group of 20 (G20).The Center has issued five yellow books on G20 national innovation and competitiveness development report and three G20 research reports concerning hoteconomic topics, which have been highly recognized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some other ministerial-level agencies, thus becoming an influential important think-tank in researching G20.In January 2016, in view of the Center’s rich research experience in G20, Professor Huang Maoxing, executive deputy director of the Center, and Associate Professor Lin Shoufu, were hired as G20 Chinese high level experts, deeply involved in the drafting and discussing related outcome documents about the G20 Hangzhou Summit held in September 2016.
In November 2016, in order to make the best of the strategic opportunity provided by the BRICS Xiamen Summit and its rich research experience in G20, the Center offered a team of more than 20 people researching BRICS forefront issues, with 10 sub-projects as its research content. Supported and impelled by Fujian Federation of Social Science Circles, the Center undertook the task of compiling An Overview of the BRICS Summit, officially published by Fujian People's Publishing House in March 2017 and highly praised by Gao Xiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Minister of the Publicity Department. In January 2017, the Ministry of Science and Technology entitled Professor Huang Maoxing and Associate Professor Lin Shoufuas “ BRICS Countries Scientific and Technological Innovation High Level Experts”, involving them in drafting and discussing documents like BRICS Countries Scientific and Technological Innovation Action Plan.
In the light of the established research ideas and schedule, the Center members submitted more than 10 reports on BRICS special subjects to Fujian Provincial BRICS Office, General Office of CCCPC, Ministry of Education of Science and Technology Committee, etc., and the reports have been given important instructions and recognition by leaders at different levels. Meanwhile, the Center continued researching BRICS forefront issues and published Face to Face with 2017: Hot Focuses of the BRICS Summitandthe BRICS Countries Comprehensive Innovation Competitiveness Development Report (2017)in July and August respectively, which were widely reported by the mainstream media, such as the Xinhua News Agency, China News Agency, CCTV, People's Daily, Guangming Daily, Economics Daily, with a positive response, and which made the Center’s or the think tank’s voices heard in the BRICS Xiamen Summit and came up with think tank suggestions. Before and during the BRICS Xiamen Summit, Professor Huang Maoxing and other researchers of the Center took an active part in some high-level BRICS symposiums like the BRICS countries think-tank seminar, the BRICS countries think-tank political parties and civil society meetings, the BRICS countries country-governing seminar, actively offering suggestions for the BRICS Xiamen Summit. They also published several qualityarticles on the BRICS forefront issues in Guangming Daily and China Social.
The Center’s servingthe BRICS Xiamen Summit was honored by the CPC Fujian Provincial Committeeand Fujian Provincial People’s Government, which was a recognition for the Center’s ability to serve local economic and social development, a full display of the Center’s research ability and service ability and will help push the Center towards becoming a national high-level think tank.
(Translated by Xie Xiujuan Reviewed by Lin Mingjin )