TIANJIN — China’s northern port city of Tianjin is getting ready for the annual meeting of the New Champions 2016, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, between June 26 and 28.
“We have basically completed the facilities for the meeting in the Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center. We are now adding the final touches,” said Zhang Jun, a local official in charge of the preparations, on June 21.
Organizers have devoted a prominent space inside the venue demonstrating China’s traditional arts. This area will feature artists performing a Chinese string instrument called Guqin, tea art and traditional New Year paintings, as part of Tianjin’s display of fine art and folklore. Also on display next to tradition and culture will be a Tai-chi robot.
There are also organized tours around Tianjin’s industrial zones during the meeting to let participants see first-hand how the city’s businesses are using the latest technology.
Established by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Summer Davos this year is expected to attract more than 1,700 participants from over 90 countries, under the theme “the fourth industrial revolution and its transformational impact.”
Premier Li Keqiang will address the opening ceremony, the 10th such event in China, alternatively held in Tianjin and northeastern port city of Dalian.
“We have great support from Tianjin,” said Jean-Loup Denereaz, head of general services and event operations for the WEF.