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Int'l participants welcome exchange opportunities at BRI skills contest




Int'l participants welcome exchange opportunities at BRI skills contest

2024-06-25 23:37 Last Updated At:06-26 02:47

International participants say the ongoing 2nd Belt and Road International Skills Competition offers a valuable platform to exchange professional skills across a range of sectors, from high-quality manufacturing to information technology and modern services.

The three-day event, bringing together more than 590 participants from 61 countries and regions, kicked off on Monday in Chongqing, a key city in southwest China and a vital transportation hub connecting countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

A total of 190 competitors, primarily young adults with an average age of 22 from China and abroad, are vying for top honors in 18 skill categories.

The contests include Electrical Installation, Information Network Cabling, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Maintenance.

Some participants, including international judges and contestants, were busy familiarizing themselves with the equipment at Chongqing's international exhibition center on Monday before the competitions officially began on Tuesday.

The UAV industry is experiencing significant growth worldwide, with UAVs widely used in agriculture, environmental protection, and rescue missions. The UAV maintenance contest offers a critical opportunity to expand the use of this technological innovation globally.

Young Nigerian contestant Omojayogbe Dolapo Mary, who studies at the Civil Aviation University of China, has focused her recent research on the use of UAVs in Nigeria.

She said that most drones used in her country are purchased from China and that participating in the competition has allowed her a deeper understanding of how drones operate.

"It's really related very close to my research topic and I really want to know how the UAV work, so that I can write about it in my research topic. And I'm very privileged to be here to know how to build it," she said.

The UAV maintenance competition, which involves selecting components, assembling, testing and debugging, poses a significant challenge for the participants. However, Deepak Bist, a judge from Nepal, emphasized that the event provides a valuable platform for showcasing their talents.

"Chongqing is really giving a huge platform for us to showcase our skills. And in the near future, we are also hoping to invite competitors from China and all over the world that are connected in this event to Nepal," said Bist.

Chongqing has aligned its participation in the BRI with the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt in recent years. It has established partnerships with over 30 countries and regions, including Singapore and Germany, as well as with international industry associations, said Quan Wei, a Chongqing government official and deputy director of the competition's executive committee.

There are over 5.36 million skilled personnel employed in the city, with 1.7 million classified as highly skilled. This ranks Chongqing first in the western region and provides strong support for the city's economic and social development, according to Quan. China has more than 200 million skilled workers, including more than 60 million highly-skilled professionals.

Co-hosted by China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the National Development and Reform Commission, the 2nd Belt and Road International Skills Competition upholds the principles of "Openness, Intelligence, Green Development, Safety, and Uniqueness."

Int'l participants welcome exchange opportunities at BRI skills contest

Int'l participants welcome exchange opportunities at BRI skills contest

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China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

2024-07-15 23:18 Last Updated At:23:37

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee has led the nation to make marked progresses in comprehensively deepening reforms while adhering to the people-centered approach.

In 2012, China began to advance towards building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Faced with the people's new expectations for a better life, Xi Jinping, who had just been elected General Secretary of the CPC, made a solemn promise to the people.

"Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions and a better environment. They want their children to have sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi said while leading the Party's new central leadership to meet the press in 2012.

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee proposed 60 specific tasks and 336 reform measures for comprehensively deepening reform.

For years, Xi has persevered in going deep into the grassroots to observe people's livelihood, learn about people's true living standards, and personally ask what worries and troubles they have in their life and what expectations they have for the future.

"In China's modernization, people's livelihood is the most important thing. What the Communist Party of China wants to do is to make the people live a happier life," Xi said during his inspection tour in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in April 2024.

The Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has adhered to promoting reform with the people at the center, and taken improving people's well-being and promoting the all-round development of people as the starting point of reform and development. It has planned and promoted reform based on the overall, fundamental and long-term interests of the people.

"Comprehensively deepening reform is faced with tough tasks. The arduous situation and tasks, the complex contradictions and problems, and the stern risks and challenges are all unprecedented. Reforms should focus on what the people care about and expect. As long as it is conducive to increasing the people's sense of gain, happiness, and security, we will resolutely make breakthroughs and reform, and persistently work hard and do things well in the spirit of 'leaving a mark in the iron tools we clutch and footprints on the stones we tread,'" said Wang Yuqiang, a researcher at the Central Party History and Literature Research Institute.

Faced with the unprecedented battle to get rid of absolute poverty in human history, a series of reform measures have constituted a complete poverty alleviation system with Chinese characteristics. The CPC Central Committee has established a responsibility system and improved the assessment and evaluation system around the basic strategy of targeted poverty alleviation.

On Nov 23, 2020, Guizhou Province announced that Ziyun and eight other counties had been removed from the list of poverty-stricken counties. From then on, all 98.99 million rural poor people in 832 poverty-stricken counties across China had been lifted out of poverty.

Today, the national poverty population registration information system has been upgraded to an information system for preventing poverty relapse, monitoring and promoting rural revitalization, and relevant reforms continue to gain momentum.

"The central government has identified 160 key counties for national rural revitalization, most of which were formerly national-level poverty-stricken counties. It has refined and consolidated preferential support policies in 14 areas, continued to increase support, and tightened work responsibilities at all levels to effectively enhance and expand the results of poverty alleviation and promote comprehensive rural revitalization," said Liu Junyong, deputy head of the Assistance Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, many institutional and mechanism drawbacks that hinder the social mobility of labor and talents have been eliminated, and the employment priority strategy and active employment policies have been continuously improved. Basic pension insurance now covers 1.07 billion people, and the coverage of basic medical insurance has stabilized at above 95 percent. High-quality medical resources are expanding to the central and western regions. More than 64 million sets of various types of affordable housing and housing for shantytown reconstruction resettlement have been built. The education at all levels has been up to or higher than the average level of middle- and high-income countries. A large number of old communities have been renovated, and people's life in communities is becoming more colorful.

"If I'm not feeling well, there's the community hospital. If I'm hungry, there's the canteen. I just want to live here. I'm very happy," said Chen Dairong, a resident of Minzhu Village Community in Chongqing.

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

China makes marked progresses in people-centered reform

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