Anhui province has increased sci-tech capacity since the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20) under the strategy of innovation-driven development, and has been top-ranked in China in terms of regional innovation capacity for nine consecutive years, local authorities said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
In the past five years, the proportion of sci-tech spending in local fiscal expenditure rose from 2.8 percent at the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15) to 5.1 percent in 2019, said Luo Ping, head of the Anhui Provincial Department of Science and Technology.
74,812 invention patents were granted in the province, up 187 percent. The number of patents owned per 10,000 people reached 11.8, up 176 percent.
The number of state-level research and development platforms exceeded 200, representing an increase of 39 percent from 2015.
The turnover of technical contracts exceeded 45 billion yuan in 2019, up 137.6 percent from 2015, Luo said.
The number of high-tech enterprises in the province increased 110 percent during the past five years, reaching 6,636 in 2019 and expected to exceed 8,500 this year.
The output and value-added output of major high-tech enterprises grew 78.9 percent and 73.5 percent from 2015, respectively. High-tech industrial value-added output accounted for more than 40 percent of the province’s total industrial output.
Nine scientists in Anhui have been selected as academicians at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering since 2016, bringing the total number to 38. Meanwhile, seven foreign experts working in the province won Friendship Awards by the Chinese government, according to the official.