Anhui was rated as the 10th most innovative province in China, according to an evaluation report issued recently in Beijing.
The report, titled “China Regional Innovation Capacity Evaluation Report 2019”, ranked 31 provincial regions on the Chinese mainland in terms of innovation capacity in 2019.
The report set the first-level indicators from five aspects: knowledge creation, knowledge acquisition, corporate innovation, environment for innovation and innovation performance.
Anhui has been among the most innovative provinces for eight consecutive years.
The number of high-tech enterprises reached 6,636 in the province last year, 1,233 more than that in 2018. 196 out of them registered more than 1 billion yuan in operating revenue each, while 17 ones got more than 10 billion yuan.
The province’s high-tech industrial output rose 11.2 percent in 2019, and its value-added output increased 13.7 percent.
The province also made remarkable achievements in sci-tech projects, for example, Mozi, the world’s first mobile quantum communication satellite, allowed two ground stations more than 1,120 kilometers apart to be activated by entanglement-based quantum key distribution.
Up to 368 million yuan of subsidies were given to 1,880 innovative programs in 2019. Meanwhile, the province won nine State Science and Technology Awards.
Wuhu, a major city in the province, hosted an exhibition last year to present the Yangtze River Delta region’s latest achievements in scientific and technological innovation. Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui in the region pledged to work together to build a national technological innovation center, according to an agreement signed by sci-tech regulators from the municipality and the provinces.