ICCIE 2016

Creativity, Culture, Technology and Wealth

Oct 27th - Oct 30th, 2016 - Beijing, China
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ICCIE 2016 Officially Opens

Oct 28, 2016 2:14:58 PM

The opening ceremony and keynote speech session of the 11th China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo (ICCIE 2016) was held at the China People's Palace Hotel on the morning of October 27. Yu Qun, vice chairman of the ICCIE Organizing Committee, member of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Assistant Minister, and Li Wei, vice chairman of the ICCIE Organizing Committee, member of Standing Committee of Municipal Committee and head of the Municipal Propaganda Department, delivered speeches. Cheng Hong, vice chairman of the ICCIE Organizing Committee and Vice Mayor of Beijing, hosted the opening ceremony. Present at the opening ceremony were leaders of relevant ministries and commissions under the central government and provincial, municipal and autonomous regional officials.

During the ICCIE 2016, under the theme of “Stimulating Cultural Vitality and Leading Industry Innovation”, more than 100 events in six categories, namely comprehensive activities, demonstrations and exhibitions, promotions and trade fairs, forums and conferences, creative activities, and sub-venue events, will be held, and an official Internet display platform will be set up. This year’s ICCIE will highlight the new landscape and new trends of China’s cultural industry, and pool excellent traditional cultural resources. Focusing on synergetic development in the Jing-Jin-Ji cluster, it will promote cross-over integration, stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial vitality, propel excellent cultural and creative projects, and improve opening-up and cooperation. This event gathers delegates from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organization,  BSA and other international organizations, 43 delegations from 41 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Korea, Iran, Bulgaria, Egypt, Brazil and Congo,  and delegations from 21 autonomous regions, provinces and municipalities including Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Hainan, Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Tibet, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang.

In his speech, Yu Qun, vice chairman of the ICCIE Organizing Committee, member of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Assistant Minister, noted that on the whole China’s cultural industry has been flourishing in recent years, the percentage taken up by the industry’s value added in GDP rose from 2.75% in 2010 to 3.97% in 2015, and this sector takes on growing importance in economic and social development. The 13th Five-year Plan period marks the decisive stage to build a moderately prosperous society and turn the cultural industry into a pillar of national economy. Not only does it assume new tasks under the economic new normal, but the cultural industry is playing an increasingly important role in transforming the economic development pattern, improving the quality and benefits of development, and providing new impetuses for economic and social development. It will go a long way towards stabilizing growth, revamping structure, promoting reforms, benefiting people’s livelihood and pressing ahead with structural reform on the supply side. 

According to Yu Qun, the ICCIE 2016 coincides with the beginning of the 13th Five-year Plan period, and therefore it makes a significant link between the past and the future. The overall planning on this year’s event was formulated in light of the new trend and content of the cultural industry. The theme, planning ideas, setup of exhibition areas and activity arrangements closely revolve around the national strategy of promoting  mass entrepreneurship and innovation and synergetic development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, in a bid to create a favorable environment for innovation, and showcase the demonstration and guiding role played by Beijing as the nation’s cultural center. It is believed that, with strong support from all sectors of the society, the ICCIE 2016 will yield remarkable social and economic benefits, significantly contributing to the advancement of the national cultural industry and the transformation and upgrading of economic structure in Beijing and even China at large. 

In his speech, Li Wei, vice chairman of the ICCIE Organizing Committee, member of the Standing Committee of Municipal Committee and head of the Municipal Propaganda Department, noted that the cultural and creative industry is a pillar industry in the capital city’s economy. In recent years, Beijing has made intensive efforts to carry out CCP General Secretary Xi Jiping’s important speeches and instructions on Beijing’s work. The municipality has acted to implement the national strategy of cultural development, deepen reform of the cultural system, strengthen planning guidance, integrate cultural resources, expand cultural input, and build service platforms. All this gave a strong boost to the healthy and orderly development of the cultural and creative industry, providing important support for building the national cultural center. Last year, Beijing’s cultural and creative industry posted value added of RMB317.93 billion, up 12.5% YoY, accounting for 13.8% in the city’s GDP, which was an all-time high. From January through October this year, cultural and creative legal entities above the designated size posted revenue of RMB826.27 billion, up 8.9% YoY, which speaks to the industry’s solid foundation and great potential. The cultural and creative industry plays a growing role in stimulating cultural innovation vitality and beefing up the capital city’s soft power in culture.

Li Wei pointed out that holding the ICCIE was an important move to expedite the advancement of the cultural and cultural industry and promote the capital city’s cultural development. Over the past decade, 522 government and business delegations from more than 90 countries and regions, over 12,700 overseas professionals and delegations from China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions attended the event. A total of 1,095 events were held, and exhibition area totaled 1.74 million m2. Over the years, the letters of intent, agreements and transactions clinched at the ICCIE are worth RMB690 billion. Through a decade’s careful cultivation, the ICCIE has evolved into an important platform for pooling excellent cultural and creative resources, discerning industry trend, leading enterprise optimization and upgrading, and promoting cultural exchanges and cooperation. It is, no doubt, a grand cultural gathering with remarkable influence. 

At the keynote speech session, Carolina Quintana, economic affairs officer of the Creative Industries Program of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and Tarun Sawney, senior director of BSA in Asia-Pacific, delivered keynote speeches entitled “Cross-over Integration and Innovation in the Cultural and Innovative Industry” and “Software Asset Management - Weapon to Resist Network Security Risks”, providing helpful reference for the Chinese cultural and creative industry. Tuo Zuhai, chairman and general manager of Animation Comic Game China Group, Wu Wenhui, CEO of China Reading Limited, and Zhang Yu, chairman of China Arts & Entertainment Group, made keynote speeches on  the topics of “culture+”, “promoting cultural reform on the supply side” and “cultural vitality stirring China” respectively. 

During the roundtables, an addition to this year’s keynote speech session, ten Chinese and foreign guests, including Yong Qing, vice president of A+E Networks and general manager of A+E Networks China, Joël Vuigner, manager of Swissminiatur, Jiang Yingchun, general manager of Poly Culture Group Corporation Limited, and Chen Hongbing, director of the World Intellectual Property Organization China Office, had in-depth dialogues on the themes of “Integration of the Cultural Industry with Science and Technology and Finance” and “New Opportunities for Cultural and Creative Industry Parks in the Era of IP”. 

More than 400 people attended the opening ceremony and keynote speeches. Among them were chiefs of relevant departments of the Ministry of Culture, the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government, which are the ICCIE’s hosts, delegates of international organizations and domestic and overseas delegations attending the ICCIE, experts and scholars from the cultural and creative industry, as well as people from relevant sectors of the capital city. 

Today, the keynote speech session set the ICCIE 2016 in motion. From October 27 on, more than 100 events in six categories, namely comprehensive activities, demonstrations and exhibitions, promotions and trade fairs, forums and conferences, creative activities, and sub-venues, will be held. At the main venue for the event, China International Exhibition Centre, located in the east section of the North Third Ring Road, more than 1,800 domestic and overseas cultural and creative firms will showcase new products, new creative ideas, new projects, new models and new business formats in key fields of cultural performance, ACG, radio, film and television, arts and crafts, press and publication, cultural relics and museums, creative design, creative gifts and artworks, sports and leisure, cultural tourism, cultural science and technology, as well as cultural finance. On October 27-30, by producing their own identity documents, visitors can collect free tickets to the ICCIE 2016 at the gate of the China International Exhibition Centre. During this year’s ICCIE, dozens of promotions and trade fairs, five forums and conferences, 10 creative activities and 18 sub-venue events on 18 themes will be held.