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Big expectations for Davos Forum

Cai Xiao/Zhang Xiaomin/Zhang Min
Updated: Jun 25,2016 11:29 AM     China Daily

Business leaders are keenly waiting to hear key policymakers’ thoughts on their economic strategies, as well as their views on how to better recognize and adjust to the challenges posed by new technologies, in the Summer Davos Forum.

This year’s forum, which will be held from June 26 to June 28 in Tianjin, carries the theme “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Its Transformational Impact”.

That theme will serve as guidance and a view of the future, as well as looking at new expectations for global economic development, according to Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo.

Jing Ulrich, managing director and vice-chairwoman of Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Chase & Co, said she hoped policymakers at the forum would take a keen interest in discussing new ideas and measures to resuscitate the global economy, which is still growing at a slow pace.

“Many economies have become too reliant on central banks to generate growth. Effective fiscal policies and supply-side measures need to be used in tandem with monetary stimulus to produce the best possible growth outcome,” said Ulrich.

Zhang Shishi, president of New Finance Group, a peer-to-peer lending and wealth management company, said the Chinese government has deepened reforms of the financial regulatory system and has started to standardize and further develop internet-based financing, moves which have played an important role in the country’s economic life.

Zhang added that he is hoping for more policy messages from the forum.

Bernhard Kotanko, a partner in global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, said that in recent years the Summer Davos Forum in China has become a premier platform for global discourse about the transformation of China and its effects on the global economy and society.

Business leaders are also expecting to learn about ways to better recognize and use new technologies in the Forth Industrial Revolution, characterized by the speed of technological innovation and digital transformation of many industries.

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