Country steps up internet applications

A visitor attends meetings on the metaverse during the Wuzhen Summit of the World Internet Conference 2022 in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Nov 10, 2022. [Photo/IC]

Driven by a rising trend of digitalization in China in recent years and applications in various fields of digital solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is accelerating its construction of a more digitalized society, with opportunities arising. multiply in the domestic market, the government said. officials and business leaders at the Wuzhen Summit of the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang Province on Thursday.

East China Province has made extensive use of digital technologies to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past three years, more than 600 new public health projects supported by digital solutions have been launched.

“The application of digital technologies in pandemic control has been gaining momentum in Zhejiang. Digital technologies are not just technical means, but more of a way of working and a way of life,” said Cheng Yuechong, vice-governor of Zhejiang, at a forum during the Wuzhen summit.

“Digital technologies have provided strong support for accurate, efficient and effective prevention and control of COVID-19. Zhejiang will continue to push forward the digital development of the healthcare industry comprehensively,” Cheng said.

In June, China had 1.05 billion internet users and the country’s internet penetration rate stood at 74.4%. The digital economy has become an important cornerstone to help stabilize economic growth, according to a report released Wednesday by the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies in Wuzhen.

In 2021, the value of China’s digital economy reached 45.5 trillion yuan ($6.3 trillion), accounting for nearly 40 percent of the country’s GDP, according to the report.

Hu Xijin, former editor of the Global Times, said the development of a digital society has changed the way information is disseminated, and the Internet has provided strong support to help increase work efficiency. since the pandemic. For example, the internet allows people to work from home and use mobile health codes, Hu said.

“The pandemic has pushed more offline activities to go online, and online shopping and online meetings have become more common. Such a trend will definitely help promote the construction of better Internet infrastructure and further strengthen the people’s awareness of internet use,” he said. added.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Ambassador to China Antonia Hugh told Wuzhen that COVID-19 is encouraging more businesses in the Caribbean country to make digital transitions and use more technology in public sectors. and private.

He said the crisis has also created opportunities for Jamaica to reposition itself and build new digital infrastructure. The island nation is seeking strategic partners in China to help it advance its efforts to further boost digitalization across the country.

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