Guizhou area pitches big data to Sil­i­con Val­ley

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By CHANG JUN in San Fran­cisco junechang@Chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Se­nior of­fi­cials from Guizhou prov­ince are vis­it­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley to pro­mote their big data com­pre­hen­sive pi­lot zone, hop­ing the pref­er­en­tial poli­cies South­west China pro­vides and its abun­dant re­sources will help gen­er­ate more col­lab­o­ra­tion and ex­changes be­tween Guizhou and San Fran­cisco.

Chen Gang, sec­re­tary of the CPC Guiyang Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the CPC Guizhou Provin­cial Com­mit­tee, said the Chi­nese cen­tral gov­ern­ment has pinned high hopes on the de­vel­op­ment of the big data in­dus­try na­tion­wide and chose Guizhou to start the pi­lot zone.

He spoke at a sem­i­nar on Mon­day in Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, which drew re­searchers, in­dus­try in­sid­ers and lo­cal of­fi­cials.

“We can ex­plore big data shar­ing, data cen­ter in­te­gra­tion, the whole in­dus­try ag­glom­er­a­tion, be­sides big data flow and dis­sem­i­na­tion,” said Chen, who is also deputy di­rec­tor of the lead­ing group on the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the Guizhou Big Data Com­pre­hen­sive Pi­lot Zone.

Since Chen and his 20-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion ar­rived in the Bay Area six days ago, the team reached out to the high-tech in­dus­tries in Sil­i­con Val­ley, and schol­ars at univer­si­ties such as UC Berke­ley.

“They are shuf­fling back and forth around the Bay Area in or­der to meet more pro­fes­sion­als and bet­ter present Guizhou and their big data in­dus­try,” said Ren Faqiang, deputy con­sul gen­eral at the Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in San Fran­cisco, who also at­tended the sem­i­nar.

“The United States re­mains the world’s most im­por­tant econ­omy pow­er­house, and Sil­i­con Val­ley is the most fa­mous cra­dle for in­no­va­tion and high-tech in­cu­ba­tion,” said Chen Gang, who used to work in Bei­jing and su­per­vised the cap­i­tal city’s high-tech in­dus­try.

“Through my many busi­ness trips to the US and the Sil­i­con Val­ley in par­tic­u­lar, I’m glad that a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tions and co­op­er­a­tion took place which ben­e­fit both sides,” Chen said.

Now sta­tioned in Guiyang, cap­i­tal city of the moun­tain­ous Guizhou prov­ince, Chen and his team are ea­ger to show­case the vigor and po­ten­tial of his new ter­ri­tory and fa­cil­i­tate more China-US co­op­er­a­tion in the big data in­dus­try.

Cit­ing the case about how the Guiyang gov­ern­ment uses big data to ad­min­is­ter un­li­censed taxi ve­hi­cles and clean up the on-de­mand trans­porta­tion in­dus­try, Chen said the gov­ern­ment has adopted big data ap­pli­ca­tions across set­tings to help raise ef­fi­ciency and ac­count­abil­ity.

Guizhou oc­cu­pies an im­por­tant po­si­tion re­gard­ing China’s na­tional strate­gic lay­out of the big data in­dus­try, said Chen Gang.

“Guizhou Na­tional Big Data Pi­lot Zone is the only zone of its kind ap­proved by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to carry re­search and de­vel­op­ment. The habi­tat is fully func­tional — the cloud ser­vice plat­forms, open data re­sources and a wide range of big data in­dus­try clus­ters are emerg­ing here.”

In re­cent years, Guizhou has launched co­op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies at home and abroad and of­fered them pref­er­en­tial poli­cies.

“Cloud com­put­ing and big data have been the driv­ing force of Guizhou’s econ­omy,” said Chen, adding that Alibaba, Baidu, Qual­comm, Dell, HP, Or­a­cle, Mi­crosoft and Google all op­er­ate in Guizhou with busi­ness scope rang­ing from un­manned ve­hi­cles, smart city and server chips to en­ergy trans­mis­sion and stor­age.

Guizhou started spon­sor­ing the Guiyang In­ter­na­tional Big Data Expo two years ago and drew more than 20,000 guests world­wide.

“If you have missed the in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity in Guang­dong or Zhe­jiang 30 years ago, by no means should you miss that of Guizhou to­day,” said Jack Ma, founder of e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba, who at­tended the expo for two con­sec­u­tive years.

CONGJIANG WANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Kassie Fraser (left), di­rec­tor of Asia-Pa­cific mar­ket­ing of Visit Cal­i­for­nia, and Guizhou Provin­cial Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee mem­ber Shi Jingyi (right) present a tourism co­op­er­a­tion me­moran­dum be­tween Cal­i­for­nia and Guizhou in San Fran­cisco on Tues­day.

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