The 22nd China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) kicked off on Wednesday in South China’s tech hub of Shenzhen City, with more than 3,300 Exhibitors from home and abroad participating both online or offline and showcasing some 10,000 mind-boggling technology products.

A total of 53 Countries and International Organizations are participating in the exhibitions. Luxembourg, Montenegro, Slovenia and Uruguay are attending the CHTF for the first time.

Themed “Transforming the Future with Technology and Driving Development with Innovation”, this year’s CHTF will showcase China’s major achievements made during the period of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) for national socioeconomic development and display the country’s latest advancements regarding biomedicine, smart medicare, online education and other emerging industries.

It will also showcase new types of businesses empowered by 5G, smart sensing, mobile payment, blockchain and shared manufacturing.

Five trends of the direction of technology development in 2020 will feature at the fair, including widespread AI application in all parts of life, the unexpected impact on the structure of technology hotspots caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, the increasing growth of the 5G commercial industry, high-precision technology, as well as smart cities.

Nearly 10,000 projects will be displayed and over 140 activities will be held at the fair.

Ai Xuefeng, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, said the fair aims to promote the integration and development of industry, sci-tech and capital, adding that it will play an active role in enhancing sci-tech innovation and driving economic development.

Debuted in 1999, the CHTF is co-hosted annually in Shenzhen by the relevant ministries and commissions of the central government and the Shenzhen municipal government.

As one of the largest and most influential sci-tech fairs in China, the CHTF has played an active role in enhancing sci-tech innovation and driving economic development. This year’s fair will last until November 15.