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2018-11-09Source: China Daily   

Forum participants offer suggestions on how to leverage cyberspace advances for greater social and economic progress


Liu Yuzhu (left), director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, speaks at the Ministerial Forum during the Fifth World Internet Conference on Thursday. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


Guest speakers greet each other at the Ministerial Forum on Thursday. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily] 

Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum


Shan Jixiang. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

By embracing digital technologies and innovative ideas, the ancient Palace Museum is gaining new vitality. We are now the most popular museum in the world, with 16.7 million visitors last year, about twice the number of the Louvre in France. We also have continuously expanded our display and exhibition space, while attracting new audiences on digital media. We have developed a wide range of mobile applications, introducing artifacts as well as Chinese history and culture to the public, to reach and engage more people.

Viviane Reding, member of the Luxembourg Parliament and former vice-president of the European Commission


Viviane Reding. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

Chinese entrepreneurs have lots of ideas and the zeal to take risks and put these ideas into practice. I think we have a lot to learn from the (Chinese) entrepreneurs. Hopefully, we can learn from these and our experiences, both the positive and negative aspects. We can solve most of the problems if we join hands.

Wu Zhaohui, president of Zhejiang University and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Wu Zhaohui. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

Leveraging digital technologies to make education more accessible is one of the keys to closing the gap. Different from physical classrooms, digital or online education offers a way to boost teaching productivity. Education resources can flow across borders, and different levels of educational institutions can also cooperate with each other more deeply. Technological advances will give birth to a new human-machine collaboration system in education, which will involve personalized learning and intelligent interactive teaching methods.

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


Garba Shehu. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

We are taking concrete steps to reduce the digital divide. We aim to provide fiber connectivity to all local government areas in Nigeria. We are also working to bring down government taxes and levies associated with rolling out broadband infrastructure in our country. Chinese companies like Huawei have played an important role in helping our push for digital inclusion and expanded access.

Agak Achuil Lual, first undersecretary of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan


Agak Achuil Lual. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

We are happy to be a part of this global event. Access to digital use is becoming increasingly important in our day-today field activities, whether economically, politically or socially, in exchange of information and research.

Gabriel Lim, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Singapore


Gabriel Lim. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

The more we use digital technologies, the more we should make sure that every citizen has the knowledge and skills to seize the opportunities provided by the technologies. Our vision for Singapore is to be a Smart Nation-a nation where people live meaningful and fulfilled lives, enabled by technology, offering exciting opportunities to all of us. To achieve this, we must turn a digital divide into a digital multiplier. Specifically, we are trying to provide universal digital access to each citizen, ensure lifelong digital literacy through inter-generational teaching, and encourage citizens' active digital participation in contributing ideas that could make the lives of Singaporeans better.

Ramon L. Cualoping III, assistant secretary and chief brand integrator of the Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Republic of the Philippines


Ramon L. Cualoping III. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

The internet is a powerful tool for us to make our work more efficient. We have invested heavily in the internet. And we hope to use the internet as a way of forging better partnerships with our international counterparts. It is very nice for nations and government officials like us to meet our counterparts and discuss about the world internet. China is leading the way as a global power and as your good neighbor and friend, I am glad to be here and listen to what China has to say. Nowadays the internet is the greatest equalizer because the rich and the poor can access the same thing which helps bridge the gap. I think making sure that mobile phones are affordable to everyone, especially those in far-flung areas, can be a great way to narrow the gap, because it is a very useful tool for the government to deliver basic services and let everyone learn and experience what is happening outside their communities.

Gao Tongqing, vice-president of China Telecom Corp Ltd


Gao Tongqing. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

Expanding internet coverage must be on the top of the agenda for making information services more available to a larger population. China Telecommunications Corp is capable of bringing fiber broadband to 320 million households with its 1.3 million base stations throughout China.