Beijing (PingWest)—In the next five years, Zhejiang will build a smart services digital platform, which is expected to connect all the province's counties and cities and will help provide better public services to local residents, state-owned media China Daily reported.
At a news conference held on Monday, Yuan Jiajun, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, told the press that the digital reform will be conducted in several major sectors of the province, including government offices, social service providers, and law enforcement departments.
It will also serve the Party's management in the province.
The official introduced that in the past years, several milestones had been achieved during the process.
In 2017, the databases of several major public sectors in the province, which used to be isolated from each other, were connected thanks to the reform. It reduced the time spent by residents on applying for public services from several days to 24 hours.
The provincial government also innovated its governance through digitalization. Last year, it raised the idea of adopting digital services to help with the resumption of work and production during the COVID-19 pandemic. Within a week, a health code system was designed and put into use, through which people's movements and their health condition could be monitored and collected by scanning a QR code on mobile phones.
Located in the eastern coastal area, the province is a pioneer in digital transformation and actively promotes the construction of smart cities. With the help of Alibaba, Hangzhou, the capital of the province, built the “City Brain” platform and became a model for digital management transformation in China.
With a population of over 57 million, the province recorded a GDP of 6.4 trillion yuan ($987.82 billion) in 2020, ranking fourth in China.