82nd IEC General Meeting Held in Busan, South Korea
State Grid Chairman Shu Yinbiao Elected 36th President of IEC
IEC Welcomes Its First Chinese President in 112 Years, Who is Expected to Bring Chinese Wisdom to the World and Take Greater International Responsibilities
The 82nd IEC General Meeting was held on 22-26 October 2018 in Busan, South Korea. Dr. Shu Yinbiao, current Vice President of IEC and Chairman of State Grid, was elected the 36th IEC President for the tenure of 2020-2022. This marks the first time IEC will have a Chinese president in 112 years. Dr. Shu Yinbiao’s election is a milestone of China’s contributions to international standardization and represents another important achievement of State Grid in building a community with a shared future for mankind and promoting the development of the “Belt and Road” Initiative. Dr. Shu Yinbiao is expected to bring Chinese wisdom to the world and take greater international responsibilities.
The Statutory Session of IEC Council meeting was held in the morning of 26 October, on which Dr. Shu Yinbiao was elected the 36th President of IEC. After the announcement of the result, Dr. Shu Yinbiao delivered a speech, said that he felt honored to be elected, and expressed his appreciation for the trust and support of IEC Council, the strong leadership of IEC President James M. Shannon and the dedication and hard work of IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk and other Council members.
Dr. Shu Yinbiao said: the first President of IEC Lord Kelvin said "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it". The IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment provide the baseline and guiding principles for global trade, eliminating technical barriers and accelerating technological advancement. IEC plays a fundamental role in promoting globalization and makes the world a community more closely-connected than ever before. Globalization not only promotes trade and economic prosperity, but also conduces to productivity improvement and technological innovation. Currently, we are still faced with many challenges such as energy shortage, environmental pollution and climate change with 1 billion of the world’s population still without access to electricity. We have every reason to work harder for the wellbeing of all.
Dr. Shu Yinbiao said: we are embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As was the case during the First Industrial Revolution, standardization is also of great significance to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will play an even more critical role. We will not shrink from all these challenges, nor fail to seize the emerging opportunities. Instead, IEC will encourage bilateral and multilateral cooperation to promote globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Everyone in IEC is expected to make his or her own contributions to maintain the strong leadership of IEC in the field of standardization, make IEC more transparent and strengthen its role as a globally-recognized authoritative standardization organization. IEC will make joint efforts with all sides to address challenges, promote reforms and meet the growing demand for standardization worldwide. We are confident that IEC will become stronger and help the world to create a safer and more efficient future.
Founded in 1906 and now covering171 member countries, IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Dubbed as the “United Nations for electrotechnology”, IEC is one of the three global sister organizations (IEC, ISO and ITU) that develop related international standards for the world, and also the first and most influential international electrotechnical standardization organization, which plays a crucial role in global economic and trade cooperation. Currently, IEC has publicized 7,713 International Standards in electrotechnology, making significant contribution to the sustainable development of energy and power worldwide.
Dr. Shu Yinbiao’s election as IEC President is of great significance in several aspects. Firstly, it reflects the growing influence and say of China in the field of electrotechnology. In recent years, Chinese power utilities have achieved impressive progress in advanced power transmission technologies, high-end electrical equipment and clean and low-carbon energy, making China a global leader in electrotechnology. As a leading energy enterprise in China and the world’s largest utility, State Grid has been actively promoting the innovative development of its power grid to become an international conglomerate with global competitiveness. State Grid owns four core technologies: the world’s most advanced UHV power transmission technology, advanced renewable energy connection technology, world-leading large power grid operation and control technology and advanced smart grid technology. Secondly, it is an important outcome of China’s active participation in global governance and international standardization. With the guidance of Standardization Administration of China, Chinese power utilities actively promote the translation of technological innovation output to technical standards, participate in the development of International Standards, which greatly expands China’s global influence in electrotechnology. As a representative of Chinese businesses participating in the development of International Standards, State Grid implements the strategy of standardization, has initiated and founded 5 IEC technical committees, involves over 600 experts to work for IEC projects, and has initiated 59 International Standards, providing Chinese solutions to international standardization. Additionally, State Grid actively participates in the development of the “Belt and Road” Initiative with a strategy of integration of investment, construction and operation and integration of technology, standards and equipment to promote infrastructure connectivity with standard connectivity. Thirdly, it reflects that outstanding Chinese entrepreneurs and experts emerged during the past 40 years of Reform and Opening Up begin to take center stage in the international arena to provide Chinese solutions and take on greater international responsibilities. Since the start of Reform and Opening Up, along with China’s integration into the global economy, a number of outstanding entrepreneurs and experts with global vision and familiar with international rules have quickly become mature in international competition and cooperation. Dr. Shu Yinbiao is one of them. As an energy and power expert with global influence, he has made outstanding contribution to turning China from a follower into a leader in power grid technology, promoting the transition towards clean and low-carbon energy, and significantly improving China’s capability in the manufacturing electrical equipment. During his tenure as Vice President of IEC, Dr. Shu Yinbiao was highly recognized and appreciated by his international peers with his outstanding leadership and expertise and a strong emphasis on teamwork and communication.
During the 82nd IEC General Meeting, Dr. Shu Yinbiao attended the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony, the ExCo meeting, the Council Board meeting, Young Professionals Workshop, IEC Chinese National Committee Forum and Expert Seminar on China’s Participation in IEC International Standardization and delivered speeches. Dr. Shu Yinbiao also met with current IEC President James M. Shannon, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk and IEC Treasurer Jo Cops. Bilateral meetings between Dr. Shu Yinbiao and leaders of African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission and several IEC national committees were held. Chen Weijiang, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Deputy Chief Engineer of State Grid, Guo Jianbo, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of China Electric Power Research Institute, Zhu Guangchao, Deputy Chief Engineer and Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of State Grid and people in charge of related departments and subsidiaries of State Grid also attended the events.
Source: State Grid Administration Office, State Grid Research Office, State Grid Department of International Cooperation, State Grid News