(Yicai Global) Feb. 22 — China’s Guizhou province plans to push 10,000 companies to adopt Big Data over the next five years as it looks to become a digital hub in the south west or the country.
The firms will include 6,000 industrial businesses, 3,000 service providers and 1,000 agricultural companies, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported. The provincial government will help these companies complete a digital transformation from research through to sales and services.
The move is part of the government’s broader scheme for the local digital economy to make up a third of the region’s gross domestic product by 2022. The province last week announced plans to haul in CNY950 billion (USD150 billion) from external investors this year as it looks to attract more high-tech firms.
Guizhou will also focus on its cloud sector and work on key projects, such as a super-computing center in Gui’an New Area in the provincial capital of Guiyang, to improve quality at local firms so they can provide government services.
Local authorities struck a deal with Apple Inc. in July, under which the smartphone maker will build a USD1-billion Data Center in the province. The government also set up a joint venture with chip giant Qualcomm Inc. in 2016, HXT Semiconductor Technology Co.
Gui’an New Area is China’s eighth national-level new area. It received approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in 2015 to build itself into a national Big Data zone.