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Attracting, retaining talents priority for national development

Updated: 2016-03-21 13:35
By Liu Wei (chinadaily.com.cn)

Scholars who have studied overseas said in a discussion on Friday in Beijing that training and retaining talent will be a priority for the national development.

Western Returned Scholars Association, an organization of scholars who have returned from overseas, held an alumni meeting to discuss ideas at the closing of the two sessions.

Niu Zhongying, a CPPCC member and a member of the association, said China needs to find ways to attract talents back home and apply the knowledge gained abroad here.

"Our association is a good example to connect with our alumni and create an environment for talents to grow and bring out their potentials," said Niu.

Niu said the purpose of innovation is to increase efficiency rather than just remain part of academic theories on paper.

Zhou Liqun, a CPPCC member and a member of the association, emphasized the importance of the talents from another angle.

He said the One Belt One Road Initiative needs more talents to carry out the plan.

"We lack talents in fields such as like international trade and economic cooperation, law, fiscal taxation policy when Chinese companies try to expand the market to other countries," Zhou said.

Another member of association Jia Mengqiu said higher education has been reformed to improve the education quality to foster talents to reach higher standard.

Xi Jinxing said talents are the top priority and how to find and cultivate those talents are the crucial things to do.

Authorities initiated the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, known as "the Thousand Talents Plan", at the end of 2008, to bring in top overseas talents to the Chinese mainland over the following five to 10 years.

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