The meeting took place as a follow-up of the preparatory discussions Mr. President conducted with the heads of STCSM in Sanghai on September 20.
The first and foremost goal of Hungarian scientific research and development activity remains to enhance the international competitiveness of domestic companies. Therefore, the NIH has embarked upon a mission to help, with every possible instruments at its hand, commercially utilise the manifestations of the rich Hungarian pool of knowledge and expertise, and to increase their market shares at home and on an international level as well.
Dr. György Mészáros, head of the NIH conducted negotiations with the leaders of Chinese governmental bodies, professional organisations, research institutes as well as internationally acclaimed companies this September who expressed vivid interest in the results of Hungarian research, development and innovation (R&D&I). As a follow-up of these rounds of talks, Mr. President received the delegation of the STCSM, and after their exchange of views the Parties signed a cooperation agreement. Members of the delegation, headed by Prof. Xu Zuxin, Vice President of the STCSM, greatly appreciated the results of the Hungarian R&D&I and the professional work of the Office. Ms. Vice President declared she deemed the signing of the agreement as a big step forward, laying the foundations for bilateral collaboration in the future. „As a result of the forward-looking and fruitful discussions I have just held with Prof. Xu Zuxin, Vice President of STCSM, every preconditions are now given for us to launch and implement joint R&D&I projects”, said Dr. György Mészáros, President of the NIH following the ceremonial signing.
As stated in the five-year agreement, both the NIH and the STCSM have undertaken activities to support joint industrial research and development. Besides, the Parties have agreed to encourage joint bidding (i.e. the issuance of joint project proposals) in the following priority sectors of S&T: medical devices manufacturing, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, biomedicine, environmental protection, water managment and purification, agriculture as well as food security.