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The 4th China –New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation is held in Wellington
2015/05/06

On 20-21 April, the 4th China–New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation was held in Wellington. Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC Mr Hou Jianguo, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Mr Wang Lutong, New Zealand’s Science and Innovation Minister Mr Steven Joyce and Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Mr Paul Stocks attended the meeting. Over 40 representatives from China and New Zealand’s government and science and technology sectors participated in the meeting. Vice-Minister Hou Jianguo and Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks co-chaired the meeting.

New Zealand’s Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce noted in his speech that science and technology cooperation had become an important pillar of the New Zealand-China bilateral relationship. China is a key partner in the science and innovation cooperation, with the two sides achieving remarkable progresses on multiple levels. The next step would be to jointly fund three R&D cooperation projects in the new funding round. At the meeting, the two sides exchanged in-depth views on science, technology and innovation policies. Representative Scientists reported back on results from the workshops, which focused on four key areas including non-communicable diseases, food safety and security, water research, and research commercialisation. The two sides also reached broad consensus on future cooperation and actions. After the meeting, Vice-Minister Hou Jianguo and Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks signed the Minutes of the 4th China–New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation.

During the meeting, Vice-Minister Hou Jianguo and Ambassador Wang Lutong visited Crown Research Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd. (ESR), the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Geothermal Research Center of the Crown Research Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd. (GNS). Vice-Minister Hou Jianguo and Ambassador Wang also met with the Mayor of Taupo.

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