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sign of Chengdu's growing biotechnology clout by Wang Xin
04-June-2012 China Daily View
The ongoing World Biomaterials
Congress in Chengdu is expected to further boost the area's
thriving biotechnology industry, said Chen Lin, director of
the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition.
Held every four years in a different country, the congress
is considered by industry insiders to be the Olympics of
the science and industry of biomaterials, a field involving
the artificial replacement of bodily tissues, bones and
As the first Chinese city to host this prestigious global
forum, Chengdu is being recognized for its growing role
in the global biomaterials industry, Chen said.
The congress, which began on June 1, has attracted more
than 2,000 scholars and experts, corporate executives and
government officials from all corners of the globe. Among
them are more than 30 renowned Chinese and foreign academicians.
During the forum's panel discussions, experts will discuss
the latest findings and brainstorm about ways to cross new
frontiers in biomaterials and regenerative medicine, organizers
said. At the same time, the five-day event also provides
participants with ideal opportunities to closely experience
Chengdu, Chen said.
As a hub of technology, finance and commerce in Southwest
China, Chengdu is playing a leading role in the country's
western development campaign, making it a great source of
economic potential, he noted.
Economic growth has brought a boom in the conference and
exhibition sector, which maintained an average annual growth
of 20 percent over the past decade. This has had a positive
effect on related industries in the city, Chen said. Since
the city surpassed 500 billion yuan ($78.48 billion) in
GDP in 2010, the sector's growth has been on the fast track.
With total exhibition areas surpassing 2 million square
meters, the industry generated more than 700 million yuan
in direct revenue and stimulated related consumption worth
about 9.4 billion yuan in the first quarter of this year.
"Our goal is to build Chengdu into an internationally
influential destination for exhibitions and conferences,
with professional services, an international environment
and a branding effect," Chen said.
With the addition of new hotels and modern conference centers,
the environment and amenities in the city have improved
significantly in recent years, he said.
A wealth of cultural heritage and tourism resources add
to Chengdu's charm, including a giant panda research center;
the millenia-old Dujiangyan irrigation system and a residence
of renowned poet Du Fu, of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).
Chengdu is home to Taoist shrine Qingcheng Mountain, a
popular scenic gorge known as Jiuzhaigou, and Wuhou Temple
commemorating Zhuge Liang, a legendary royal military adviser
during the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280). The city is also
renowned for its spicy and distinctive cuisine, Chen said.
"Open-mindedness and friendliness epitomize the essence
of our city," he said.
"This is a city where, once you come, you never want
to leave," he quoted famous movie director Zhang Yimou
In addition to the gathering of biomaterials researchers,
the Fortune Global Forum and the world Chinese Entrepreneurs
Convention will be held in Chengdu in 2013.
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