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Hu Henghua, a member of the Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial Party Committee and secretary of Changsha Municipal Party Committee, delivers the GHMS opening speech in Changsha on May 14, 2019. [Photo by Qin Qi/China.org.cn]

The 2019 Global High-End Manufacturing Summit (GHMS) opened Tuesday in Changsha.

The summit was held under the theme of "high-quality economy, better life," hosted by the Asia-Pacific CEO Association, Worldwide (APCEO), the Investment & Innovation Global Council (IIGC), and the Changsha municipal government.

Attendees of the summit include business leaders from Fortune 500 companies, investors, government officials from countries around the world, as well as experts, scholars, and inventors of cutting-edge technologies.

Discussions at the summit focused on key industries including equipment manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing, engineering machinery, rail transit, and electronic information.

Hu Henghua, Party chief of Changsha, delivered the opening speech and listed Changsha's achievements in the past 70 years.

Changsha's economic aggregate surpassed 1 trillion yuan in 2017 and reached 1.1 trillion yuan in 2018, ranking sixth among China's provincial capitals. Hu said Changsha has become a crucial manufacturing base.

Specifically, in the industry of engineering machinery, a series of well-known brands including Sany, Zoomlion, and Sunward were born in Changsha. Hu said the city is striving to build a construction machinery industrial cluster with world standard, and that as the host city of GHMS, Changsha will seize the opportunity to draw experience from manufacturing industries of other countries, and apply smart technologies throughout the industry.

In his speech, Hu extended invitations to global investors and entrepreneurs to start business in Changsha and work together to build its high-end value chain, industry chain, and supply chain.

Annette Nijs, global vice chairman of APCEO and former state secretary for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, delivered a keynote speech with the theme of "creating upsides from technology transfer" in the first session of the summit.

Gong Bo, vice president of China Aerospace Science and Industry Cooperation, Zhan Chunxin, CEO of Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Cooperation,Bopdep Mondal, head of consulting for manufacturing business at Tata TCS, and Golan Kwok, China principal expert at SAP, delivered keynote speeches in the summit's second session.

Annette Nijs, global vice chairman of APCEO and former state secretary for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, delivers a keynote speech at GHMS in Changsha on May 14, 2019. [Photo by Qin Qi/China.org.cn]

Xu Xiongwei, global executive chairman of APCEO and chairman of APCEO Asia, speaks at Changsha's GHMS on May 14, 2019. [Photo by Qin Qi/China.org.cn]