From 2 to 5 of April 2013 a delegation of six political members of the EIF (MEPs Maria Badia i Cuchet, Pilar del Castillo, James Elles, Ivailo Kalfin, Teresa Riera Madurell, and Lambert van Nistelrooij) participated in a programme of study visits and meetings in three locations in the vibrant Asia Pacific region: Hong Kong (special administrative region of China), Shenzhen (PRC) and Seoul (South Korea).
The main objective of the programme was to offer hands-on experience of state-of-the-art technologies and R&D sites, as well as a deeper understanding of the role of policy-makers on the success of the digital revolution in these countries, providing useful points of reflection to establish the European Parliament’s political priorities between now and 2030.
The very dense schedule of meetings and visits included roundtable discussions with executives and experts of both Asian companies leading the way in IT and telecom developments, such as Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., Huawei, Samsung, and European companies such as BT, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, that are successfully penetrating the Asia Pacific markets thanks to their technology and marketing leadership in key sectors. The delegation also visited laboratories where the new generations of IT and telecom technologies and applications are being developed and tested, met young Chinese entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists that are helping them grow in a start-up hub such as the 3W Coffee, engaged with academics from leading business schools in Asia, and discussed consumer trends with eBay Korea.
Presentations from some of the Study Visit meetings are at the links below:
From MEP James Elles' blog:
EIF Dinner debate on ‘Korean broadband infrastructure deployment, innovation policy and research ecosystem’: