Eastern China’s Hefei becomes home to country’s first advanced tech application centre amid growing competition with Shenzhen
- The Advanced Technology Application and Promotion Centre represents a major national initiative located in Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province
- The centre will serve as a kind of brain thrust to support the country’s vast downstream manufacturing apparatus
Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province, has become home to the Advanced Technology Application and Promotion Centre (ATAPC), a new initiative formed by the central government to pull together resources needed for various state-of-the-art tech programmes.
The ATAPC, which will serve as a kind of brain thrust to support the nation’s vast downstream manufacturing apparatus, signifies the central government’s mandate to build up the hi-tech research capacity in Anhui, according to Wang Qingxian, governor of the province.
The ATAPC is expected to help establish hi-tech collaboration among research facilities and universities, state-owned enterprises and private firms on a range of activities, including aviation, biomedicine, trusted computing, and new energy and materials.
Still, the gap between Hefei and Shenzhen remains large.
Hefei’s total gross domestic product (GDP) reached 1.14 trillion yuan (US$149 billion) in 2021. By comparison, Shenzhen’s GDP of 3 trillion yuan in 2021 contributed to 2.6 per cent of China’s overall GDP in the same year.