Anhui's digital economy saw strong development during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), with its value-added output exceeding 1 trillion yuan ($155.2 billion) in 2020, local authorities said on Monday.
The eastern Chinese province stepped up efforts to promote industrial digitization and digital industrialization, accelerate “new infrastructure” projects, and make the digital economy bigger and stronger during the past five years, the Department of Economy and Information Technology of Anhui Province said at a news conference.
The value-added output of digital information manufacturers above designated size- those with annual revenue of 20 million yuan or more - rose an average of more than 20 percent on a yearly basis from 2016 to 2020. Their business revenue increased 25.2 percent in 2020, 16.3 percentage points higher than the national average. Meanwhile, their profits climbed 42 percent from a year earlier, much higher than the national average of 19.8 percent.
Anhui’s soft service industry registered 120.2 billion yuan in business revenue last year and its annual average growth rate stood at 29.7 percent during the 2016-20 period.
More than 30,000 industrial robots have been used in over 500 enterprises in ten major industries including machinery, steel and automobiles as of 2020.
The province built 29,415 5G base stations in 2020, exceeding the annual target of 20,000. In addition, 59 model industrial internet platforms were set up.