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Chongqing aims lead role in global technology

2012-03-23 08:52 Xinhua     Web Editor: Xu Aqing comment

Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang, the newly appointed Party chief of Southwest China's Chongqing municipality, has promised unremitting efforts to consolidate the municipality's role as a global leader in information technology.

Zhang on Wednesday told Jim Wong, president of computer company Acer, that Chongqing would ensure "continuity and stability in its reform and opening-up policies".

Zhang was appointed Party chief of Chongqing, replacing Bo Xilai, under a decision by the Communist Party of China Central Committee on March 15.

"Chongqing will diversify and optimize its policies to improve its opening-up," Zhang said, while emphasizing the importance of upgrading vocational and technical education to train high-quality professionals for foreign-funded IT firms in Chongqing.

Wong and hundreds of other senior executives from the world's leading IT firms, including Hewlett-Packard and Intel, have gathered in Chongqing to attend the China International Expo of Cloud Computing, which opened on Thursday.

The three-day event features symposiums and exhibitions of new technology, products and services.

Wong said Zhang's reassurance helped enhance investors' confidence.

He said the company plans to build Acer's manufacturing base in Chongqing into the world's largest communication technology research and manufacturing center in two to three years.

Acer's plants in Chongqing, which began operating in December 2010, produced 5 million notebooks in 2011.

Thirty-five percent of Acer's global notebook shipments in 2011 were supplied from Chongqing. Meanwhile, rival HP plans to have 60 to 70 percent of its notebook shipments supplied from Chongqing in the future.

Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan also met the entrepreneurs on Wednesday, saying the city has become home to the world's five leading notebook producers and six vendors, as well as 500 suppliers of the sector.

The city had a total output of 25 million notebooks in 2011 and is aiming for an annual output of 100 million in three years.

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