Up to 31 modern service industrial clusters were allowed to be set up in East China’s Anhui in 2016 as the province stepped up efforts to develop the areas as a main engine behind the growth of the industry.
13 out of them are devoted to information technology, while another eight specialize in culture and tourism, four in modern logistics, three in research and creative industries, as well as three CBDs, said the Anhui Provincial Development and Reform Commission Wednesday.
The province started to build those industrial agglomerations in 2011. As of December 31, 2015, the commission approved the establishment of 100 ones.
In giving approvals, the economic regulator appropriately favors the underdeveloped northern part of Anhui. Last year, six cities in that region housed eight new service clusters, or 26 percent of the provincial total, compared to 20 percent in 2015.
16 cities and two counties directly under the provincial government applied for a total of 75 clusters in 2016.
The commission has set out priorities for this year, pledging to offer more guidance and support to the clusters, select models from them and introduce management regulations.