The CPC Central Committee and the State Council held a grand national science and technology award conference in Beijing on the morning of January 10, Xinhua news agency said. Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Huning, Han Zheng and other party and state leaders attended the conference and presented awards to the award-winning representatives. Li Keqiang spoke at the Congress on behalf of the Party Central Committee and the State Council. Han Zheng presided over the meeting.
At 10.30 a.m., the convention began with a magnificent national anthem. In the warm applause, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, State President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping first congratulated academician Huang Xuhua of the former Institute of the China Shipbuilding heavy Industry Group Corporation for the Year 2019 and Academician Zeng Qingcun of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on the award of medals and certificates, shaking hands warmly and inviting them to the podium. Subsequently, Xi Jinping and other party and state leaders, along with the two highest prize winners, issued certificates to delegates who had won the National Natural Science Award, the National Technology Invention Award, the National Science and Technology Progress Award and the People's Republic of China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.
In his speech, Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Prime Minister of the State Council, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, extended warm congratulations to all award-winning personnel, extended high respect to the vast number of scientific and technological workers throughout the country, and expressed heartfelt thanks to foreign experts who participated in and supported China's scientific and technological undertakings.
Li Keqiang said that in the 70 years since the founding of New China, China's scientific and technological development has been magnificent and brilliant. Last year, China's scientific and technological undertakings made great achievements, and a number of achievements with international leading level emerged. This year we will build a well-off society in an all-round way and achieve our first century-old goal. We should adhere to Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era, follow the decision-making arrangements of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, thoroughly implement the strategy of innovation-driven development, speed up the deep integration of science and technology and economy, and provide a strong impetus for maintaining the economic operation in a reasonable range and promoting high-quality development.
Li Keqiang said it is necessary to build a solid foundation for scientific and technological innovation. We should increase financial support, guide enterprises and other social forces to increase investment, improve the funding guarantee, evaluation of results and talent incentive mechanism, respect the law, tolerate failure, support scientific research personnel to concentrate on research, create more original results \"from 0 to 1\", and let the focus of\" benching for ten years \"get more praise. It is urgent to focus on quasi-scientific and technological innovation closely on economic development and people's livelihood. Speed up the key technology of industrial upgrading and transformation of achievements, give birth to more new industries and new forms of business. We will step up research and development on prevention and control of major diseases and control of the environment so as to bring technology close to the masses and innovate for the benefit of the people.
Li Keqiang said it is necessary to optimize the ecology of scientific and technological innovation. We will give full play to the main role of enterprises in technological innovation, implement policies such as tax reduction and deduction for R