E. China’s Fujian Steps Up Construction of Digital Silk Road

March 16, 2021 – East China’s Fujian province, a key node of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, is speeding up the construction of digital Silk Road as part of its efforts to make itself into a national pilot area for the innovative development of digital economy, according to a work plan made public by Fujian government on last Friday.

E. China's Fujian steps up construction of digital Silk Road

A businesswoman learns about food from Malaysia at the 6th China (Quanzhou) Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo in the city of Shishi in Quanzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province, Oct. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Song Weiwei)

Fujian will strive to generate more than 2.6 trillion yuan of added value in the field of digital economy by 2022, with an average annual growth of over 15 percent, accounting for more than 50 percent of its GDP, said the work plan.

To advance the construction of digital Silk Road, the province will improve digital economic and trade cooperation, build digital cultural exchange bonds, and propel the integrated development of digital economy between Fujian and Taiwan.

In terms of improving digital economic and trade cooperation, Fujian will accelerate constructing the innovation center for BRICS Partnership on New Industrial Revolution to advance cooperation on policy coordination, talent training and project development. The province will also promote new modes of digital trade such as digital exhibition, digital marketing, digital culture, cross-border e-commerce, and move faster to build national digital service export base located in Xiamen city.

In building digital Silk Road, Fujian also highlights crafting digital cultural exchange bonds. In this regard, it will encourage leading enterprises to build digital education platforms in countries and regions along the Belt and Road (B&R) to strengthen educational cooperation, and set up an artificial intelligence (AI) production and education base for the exchanges between AI talents from B&R countries and regions.

In 2020, Fujian’s trade with BRI countries and regions hit 488.19 billion yuan, up 7.2 percent year on year.

Southeast China’s Fujian Province recently issued a coastal ports layout plan (2020-2035), According to the plan, the province’s coastal ports are expected to better serve the national and regional development strategies, fully integrate into the Belt and Road Initiative and the construction plan of world-class ports, create a distinctive brand of Maritime Silk Road, and build an important gateway hub for Fujian and the central and western regions in China for opening-up.

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