More as­sis­tance for dis­ad­van­taged groups

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW -

An ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing of the State Coun­cil, presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang on Wed­nes­day, de­cided to es­tab­lish new na­tional demon­stra­tion zones for “the Made in China 2025” strat­egy to ac­cel­er­ate the trans­for­ma­tion of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. The move was also aimed to pro­mote the devel­op­ment of a smart, green and ser­vice-ori­ented man­u­fac­tur­ing. These demon­stra­tion zones will be in cities and city clus­ters in the east, cen­tral and west ar­eas, and will fo­cus on in­no­va­tion, re­form and open­ing up and break bar­ri­ers fac­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. These zones will also in­te­grate with the Internet Plus Ini­tia­tive and en­trepreneur­ship while build­ing cloud-plat­forms for ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing. They will be granted fa­vor­able poli­cies in tax, fi­nanc­ing, land sup­ply and tal­ent- hunt­ing. All for­eign com­pa­nies in these ar­eas will be treated equally as do­mes­tic ones. It was also de­cided that the govern­ment will take ad­van­tage of a va­ri­ety of gov­ern­men­tal and in­dus­try funds to boost in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship, and guide more pri­vate cap­i­tal to sup­port ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing. In demon­stra­tion zones, the govern­ment will of­fer stock in­cen­tives in Sta­te­owned en­ter­prises. A State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing, presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang on Wed­nes­day, de­cided to build a tem­po­rary as­sis­tance sys­tem that ac­com­mo­dates dis­ad­van­taged groups. The govern­ment was set to en­hance co­or­di­na­tion among dif­fer­ent depart­ments and fur­ther share in­for­ma­tion and sim­plify as­sis­tance ap­provals to en­sure timely and ac­ces­si­ble help for those in need. Gov­ern­men­tal funds will be in­creased in tem­po­rary as­sis­tance and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are en­cour­aged to pool as­sis­tance funds through var­i­ous chan­nels and al­lo­cate tem­po­rary as­sis­tance re­serve funds to town­ships and ur­ban ar­eas. Mean­while, the govern­ment will pro­cure as­sis­tance ser­vices from grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions while mo­ti­vat­ing pri­vate cap­i­tal, char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions and en­ter­prises to pro­vide as­sis­tance for these groups. The State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated a guide­line last week on de­vel­op­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, aim­ing to be­come a global in­no­va­tion cen­ter in this field by 2030. The to­tal out­put value of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence in­dus­tries is ex­pected to ex­ceed 1 tril­lion yuan ($147 bil­lion), while a ma­ture the­o­ret­i­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal sys­tem will also be in place. The doc­u­ment aims to build an open and co­or­di­nated in­no­va­tion sys­tem to de­velop tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and the mar­ket of ar­tifi- cial in­tel­li­gence, as it tar­gets break­throughs in fields such as big data in­tel­li­gence and au­to­mated de­ci­sion-mak­ing. New in­dus­tries us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nolo­gies will be boosted, such as ro­bots, smart ve­hi­cles and vir­tual re­al­ity. Tra­di­tional in­dus­tries will also be in­te­grated with these new tech­nolo­gies to de­velop smart man­u­fac­tur­ing, agri­cul­ture, fi­nance and lo­gis­tics. The guide­line said ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will also be ap­plied in public ser­vices and so­cial man­age­ment to build a safer, more com­fort­able and con­ve­nient so­ci­ety. Smart ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and el­derly nurs­ing will be pro­moted as well. Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, the govern­ment will in­vest in el­i­gi­ble projects to spur the devel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. Pri­vate in­vest­ments are en­cour­aged and a devel­op­ment fund will be set up. The doc­u­ment also called for the train­ing of more pro­fes­sion­als.

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