Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gathered top officials of major high-tech companies in Guiyang, capital of the southwestern province of Guizhou, on Tuesday as part of government efforts to bring technology investment into the country’s less-developed interior regions.
Guizhou, which is better known for producing fertilizer and liquor, aims to become a center of the country’s big data industry, the Wall Street Journal reports.
China boasts globally competitive high-tech industries on its highly developed eastern coastal areas, but inland regions largely lag behind in manufacturing and other traditional industries, let alone cutting-edge sectors, the newspaper said.
Guizhou is seeking a major role in big data, which involves crunching massive amounts of information from the internet to discover consumer preferences and market trends.
The province wants to attract everything from the server farms that store the data to the engineers that design programs to sift through the information, the newspaper said.
“The western region is not very developed, but there is intelligence growing here,” the Journal quoted Li as saying in a video of the meeting between senior government officials and high-tech firms in Guiyang.
“I encourage all of you, including foreign colleagues, to work together to foster new development of the big data sector.”
The meeting was attended by the chief executives of multinational firms such as US computer maker Dell Inc. and iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group.
Also there were the heads of top Chinese tech companies like messaging and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., search provider Baidu Inc., chip maker Tsinghua Unigroup and ride-hailing service provider Didi Chuxing Technology Inc., the report said.
Guizhou’s big data conference, which opens Wednesday, is its second annual event.
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