Zhe­jiang gets nod for info econ­omy zone

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByWANG YING in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Zhe­jiang province has re­ceived ap­proval to estab­lish the coun­try’s first in­for­ma­tion econ­omy demon­stra­tion area, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Tues­day in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang.

The Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China and the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion have okayed the es­tab­lish­ment of the na­tional level demon­stra­tion area in Zhe­jiang.

The two de­part­ments said in a joint state­ment that Zhe­jiang has achieved suc­cess in in­no­va­tive devel­op­ment of the in­for­ma­tion econ­omy.

The new area in Zhe­jiang should grasp the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by the global tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion and in­dus­trial trans­for­ma­tion, and make the sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form its main task. The area should com­bine Zhe­jiang’s ad­van­tages and com­pet­i­tive­ness for the trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing of the eco­nomic struc­ture, the state­ment said.

Xu Kun­lin, deputy sec­re­taryof the NDRC, read out the joint state­ment at a me­dia con­fer­ence in Wuzhen.

“The demon­stra­tion area should ex­ploit the new sys­tem, novel mech­a­nisms and mod­els, to match the in­no­va­tive devel­op­ment of the in­for­ma­tion econ­omy,” Xu said.

Ac­cord­ing to Xu, the demon­stra­tion area should pro­mote Zhe­jiang as a lead­ing tech hub and pro­vide im­pe­tus to the In­ter­net Plus strat­egy, big data in­dus­try, smart city devel­op­ment, cross-border e-com­merce and shar­ing econ­omy.

Wang Xi­u­jun, vice-min­is­ter of the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China, en­cour­aged Zhe­jiang to deepen its ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing in­for­ma­tion econ­omy and share that ex­pe­ri­ence with other ar­eas and be­come the bench­mark.

Over the past fewyears, the province has re­lent­lessly im­ple­mented the vi­sion of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping as ar­tic­u­lated in his speeches on the devel­op­ment of the in­for­ma­tion econ­omy, said Feng Fei, vice-gover­nor of Zhe­jiang.

From Jan­uary to Septem­ber, on­line re­tail rev­enue of Zhe­jiang reached 633.56 bil­lion yuan ($92.49 bil­lion), up 34 per­cent year-on-year. More than 40 in­for­ma­tion driven in­dus­trial bases and parks have been es­tab­lished across the province.

Zhe­jiang also tops in pop­u­lar in­dus­trial ro­bots, tak­ing up 11 per­cent of the na­tion’s to­tal. In the past three years, these in­dus­trial ro­bots saved on nearly 2 mil­lion low-end jobs and raised ef­fi­ciency by 30 per­cent.

On Tues­day, the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy okayed the pro­posal to name Hangzhou as one of the na­tional in­ter­net back­bone ac­cess points. Be­fore Hangzhou, 10 cities — Bei­jing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Shenyang, Nan­jing and Chongqing — have been cho­sen as ac­cess points.

The de­ci­sion is based on a com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion of Hangzhou’s lo­ca­tion, its in­ter­net-re­lated in­dus­try and net­work fa­cil­i­ties.

The demon­stra­tion area should ex­ploit the new sys­tem ...” Xu Kun­lin, deputy sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the NDRC

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