BRI NEWS Tech-powered digital party building entering new era


Tech-powered digital party building entering new era

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11:23, October 31, 2019


Photo: Beijing International Studies University

A forum opened Tuesday in Beijing to tap the potential for BRICS  countries to develop their ruling parties from the perspective of party building.

More than 60 people attended the meeting at Beijing International Studies University, with representatives of the International Liaison Department and the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Central Research Institute of Party History and Documents, Development Research Center of the State Council and others, as well as representatives of the ruling parties in South Africa, Rwanda, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Kenya.


Photo: Beijing International Studies University

Some experts who attended the meeting held that BRICS countries must adopt a new way of thinking and go beyond tools to achieve a synergy between party building and digital technology. In this way, they can make their parties to advance with the times, finally ushering in the 2.0 era of the digital party building.

The experts proposed that the ruling parties in BRICS countries should make extensive use of information technologies such as the Internet and social media to meet the needs of modern society. This measure will bring benefits to scientific policy making, widespread mobilization and direct publicity, further enhancing parties’ influence among party members and the masses. 

Professor Ji Jinbiao, principal of the Beijing International Studies University, highly appreciated the new party building measures taken by the BRICS states’ ruling parties when facing new situations and new challenges. He said that the BRICS countries are playing an increasingly important role in global governance, and the international community has placed high hopes on them.

Zhou Zhiwei, researcher at the Latin American Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the Social Liberal Party in Brazil builds a digital party mainly through social media, by disseminating the opinions of its top leaders to strengthen cohesiveness of the party.

Dr. Liang Jian from the School of International Relations of Beijing International Studies University said that South Africa’s ANC SPELL IT OUT, in building a digital party, thinks clearly and acts powerfully, especially registering a resounding success on IPTV What is that?, blogs, news websites, mobile phone messages and online political education.

Experts generally believe that the party building of developing countries must strike a proper balance between global and national realities on the one hand and party conditions on the other, draw upon useful experiences and lessons from foreign countries, and identify new ways of party building in their interactions with other countries so as to keep enhancing parties’ abilities of administering themselves and their countries.

(Compiled by Bai Yuanqi; Source: Beijing International Studies University)

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