Remarks by Consul General Dr Xu Jie at the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of BGI Australia
昆州環境與科技廳科技發展執行主任Julia Playford博士, 昆州衛生廳沈偉群處長，華大基因執行副總裁余德健先生（Duncan YU)，澳洲華大總經理楊碧澄博士，各位來賓，女士們、先生們：
Dear Dr. Julia Playford, executive director of science development, science division, Department of Environment and Science, Mrs. Nina Shen, project director of Department of Health, Mr. Duncan Yu, BGI executive vice president, Dr Bicheng Yang, director of BGI Australia, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased to attend the anniversary celebration of BGI Australia. Firstly, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, I would like to extend our congratulations to BGI and her Australian partners, and our gratitude to the Queensland Government for her support of China-Queensland scientific and technological cooperation.
Chinese government values highly the cooperation with the State of Queensland in research and innovation. In 2008, the first MoU on science and technology cooperation was signed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Queensland Government. In 2016, the two sides reached a new MoU on Commercialization Partnership Program. By far, the first seven Queensland research projects have been incubated and commercialized in China's high-tech parks, with promising results.
Currently, the cooperation between China and Queensland is undergoing remarkable changes: firstly, partners now focus more on establishing new long-term platforms rather than focusing on individual research projects in previous years. University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology have set up joint labs and research centers with their Chinese partners. Secondly, BGI, BaoSteel and other Chinese companies are making significant research investments in Queensland. The integration between industry, academia and research is stronger than ever. Thirdly, new partnerships are formed to build science parks. A MoU on the development of Queensland Torch Health and Medical Precinct was signed by China's Torch High-tech Industry Development Center and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Health. The three parties are preparing for the launching of this precinct.
Ladies and gentlemen,