June 13, 2016, the 8th Sino-German Economic and Technical Cooperation Forum, organized by NDRC and German Ministry of Economics and Energy, was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of PRC, and Ms. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Nearly 800 people from the business community, economic circles and government departments in China and Germany conducted extensive and in-depth communication and exchanges on the theme of “New Technology, New Economy, New Vision: Opportunities for Development in China and Germany in the Next Five Years”, and other topics about China's 13th Five-Year Plan, energy development, digital economy, structural transformation, etc. Mr. Yi Yuechun, Deputy Director General of CREEI, and Ms. Huo Jingying of the International Business Department of CREEI, attended the forum.
The 8th Sino-German Economic and Technical Cooperation Forum was divided into several sub-forums. CREEI, as the Chinese executive organ of the Sino-German Working Group, organized the energy sub-forum. The forum was attended by 123 representatives of more than 50 Chinese and German institutions and companies including NEA, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, German Energy Agency, German Cooperative Agency, NDRC Energy Research Institute, Siemens, etc. Mr. Shi Lishan, Deputy Director General of New Energy Division of NEA, Mr. Tong Guangyi, Deputy Director General of Electric Power Division of NEA, and Ms. He Ling, Deputy Director General of Electric Power and Grid Division of Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany attended the forum and delivered speeches. The energy sub-forum held discussions on the three topics of "renewable energy utilization technologies", "power system flexibility" and "smart grid technologies and challenges". Mr. Yi Yuechun attended the meeting and delivered a speech on the topics, gave a detailed introduction to the successful application of distributed PV power sources in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, China and the future work prospects.
In recent years, China and Germany had deep cooperation in various fields. Official data show that the trade between China and Germany reached 156.78 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, and Germany has become China’s largest trading partner in Europe and the sixth largest in the world. The Sino-German Economic and Technical Cooperation Forum provides a long-term and stable cooperation platform for the enterprises of the two countries. Under the framework of the main forum, China and Germany conducted technical exchanges at the energy sub-forum in the fields such as energy transformation and promotion of renewable energy development. The two sides reached consensus on cooperation in grid-connection and application of renewable energy, demonstration and development of smart grids and microgrids, etc., and made proposals for deepening cooperation in policies for energy transition, operation and maintenance of large-scale renewable energy power sources, construction of smart grid and microgrid demonstration projects, and talent training in the coming stage. China and Germany both expressed that they would further strengthen exchanges and cooperation based on the existing cooperation achievements, create a favorable environment for cooperation in the energy industry, continuously increase the level of cooperation, and make positive contributions to the global energy transition and sustainable development.