The second session of the ninth national committee of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) was held in Beijing on January 12, 2017. Chinese vice president Li Yuanchao, who is a member of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China Central Committee, attended the meeting and delivered a speech.
Vice President Li Yuanchao said that efforts should be made to deepen the reform in CAST and its adhering organizations. It is necessary to establish a regime that allows for direct contact with and service to the country's science and technology professionals, expand its function to serve society, accelerate the digitization of science popularization and building of an online network of CAST, and make the benefit of the reform genuinely felt by the broad ranks of science and technology professionals, Li Yuanchao said.
Wan Gang, president of CAST, delivered a work report on behalf of the standing committee of the ninth national committee of CAST. He reviewed and summarized the work of 2016 and put forward eight focus assignments in 2017. He urged CAST and its affiliated organizations at all levels to keep highly in line with the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core, integrate all resources and platforms to create an Innovation Racing Action carrier, and make great efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of all our work.