The 4th China Enterprise Forum (CEF) intending to promote reform, encourage innovation and push forward high-quality development of Chinese enterprises was held in Jinan, Shandong province from Sept 23 to 24.
Themed "Chinese enterprises under new development paradigm: mission and pathway", this year's forum had one main forum and five paralleled forums as well as a round-table discussion and a scientists symposium.
Representatives from politics, business and academic sectors gathered at the event to discuss reform, high-quality development and the environment, social responsibility and governance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), cutting-edge deep-sea technologies, land and air equipment and industrial restructuring, as well as opportunities for SOEs in the digital era and low-carbon and sustainable development.
At the main session Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, outlined six challenges that matter at a time when the world is under deep transformation.
They are continuing to create prosperity, ensure sustainability, enhance inclusiveness, reinforce resilience, advance innovation and strengthen cooperation.
He stressed that "We have to master them in an interconnected way, because in the world today, everything is interdependent."
The CEF aims to foster a number of leading companies, promote the participation of Chinese enterprises in reform and innovation, exchange and dialogue, development and benchmarking and cooperation and connectivity, and provide enterprises with experience and intellectual support in their reform and development, inject new vitality into the replacement of old growth drivers with new ones, and support the high-quality growth of the Chinese economy.
Since its establishment in 2017, the forum has become an important platform where Chinese businesses can conduct exchange and cooperation with government, academic and news circles.