TO deepen China-Africa cooperation, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it will step up efforts to formulate specific work plans for nine programs in areas such as digital innovation.
Experts said that as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates digital transformation in many economies, a deeper China-Africa partnership in digital innovation is of greater importance. According to the digital innovation program, China will undertake 10 digital economy projects for Africa, establish Sino-African cooperation centers in satellite remote sensing applications, and support the development of Sino-African joint laboratories, partner institutes and scientific and technological innovation. bases of cooperation.
The nine programs, under the first three-year plan of the China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035, will not only promote partnerships in poverty reduction, trade and investment, but will also be linked to areas emerging sectors such as the digital economy, development and vocational education.
– Shu Jueting, spokesperson, Ministry of Commerce
In addition, China will work with African countries to expand e-commerce cooperation, organize online shopping festivals showcasing quality African products and tourism e-commerce promotion activities, and launch a campaign to market 100 African stores and 1,000 African products on e-commerce platforms.
Zhou Mi, senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, said the global economic recovery is very unbalanced between regions, and development gaps in digital economy and green technologies are among the factors that fuel such imbalances. The digital divide in Africa becomes even more difficult during the pandemic.
As the pandemic has severely disrupted traditional trade and investment activities while accelerating the development of the digital economy, it is very important for Africa to harness the potential of the digital economy to spur economic growth and strengthen global connections. At the same time, strengthening China-Africa cooperation in the digital economy will facilitate the formation of an international consensus to establish more effective, widely accepted and comprehensive rules in the sector, in order to create a more stable environment for the growth and global digital cooperation. economic, and it is also valuable because the digital economy is becoming a key area for global competition.
Currently, Chinese companies are actively investing in African countries to build digital infrastructure, offer vocational training to local people and provide internet services. For example, a Chinese telecommunications company launched a course to prepare local students studying information and communications technology for the future of work.
The course aims to inspire local talent, improve knowledge sharing, promote better understanding and interest in the information and communications technology industry, and encourage participation in the digital community. The course focuses on the latest technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.
As reported by OpenGov Asia, China’s leading industry regulator has unveiled a five-year plan to accelerate the integration of digital and real economies as part of a wider campaign to establish a policy framework for development. industrialist in the country until 2025.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that accelerating the deep integration of information technology in all industrial chains is of great importance to promote industrial digitization and industrialization digital in the new era. According to the five-year plan, the ministry will adopt five special initiatives, including promoting the digital transformation of manufacturing and industrial internet platforms, to advance industrial upgrading.
The five-year plan included both quantitative and qualitative objectives. For example, by 2025, the country aims to increase the penetration rate of industrial internet platforms to 45% and the popularization rate of digital research, development and design tools to 85%.
China will accelerate the construction of a digital government to improve administrative services. Accordingly, the country should create a national digital government network to improve regional and inter-institutional information sharing and ensure that its digital public services cover more sectors and become more accessible.