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Shanghai unveils plan for online economy

SHANGHAI authorities yesterday announced its latest action plan to promote online economy, which has been thriving during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The action plan focuses on 12 core areas, including unmanned factories, industrial Internet, remote working, online finance, entertainment and exhibitions and contactless deliveries.

The new way of doing business, which is “online, intelligent and interactive,” integrates interactive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, 5G, big data and block chain, with traditional sectors.

Shanghai’s authorities aim to develop the online economy as a new driver to boost economic recovery after the pandemic. 

One goal is to gather more than 100 innovative companies with core technologies, independent intellectual property rights and international competitiveness this year.

Another highlight is to build no less than 100 unmanned factories, unmanned production lines, and unmanned workshops, focusing on new manufacturing methods such as flexible manufacturing and cloud manufacturing.

Meanwhile, 20 industrial Internet platforms with national influence will be set up. It also aims to promote unmanned deliveries in the industries involving retail, medical service and dining, encourage the application of remote consultation and surgery based on 5G technology and further apply artificial intelligence in disease diagnosis and drug research and development.

The development of online culture and entertainment, such as short videos, livestreaming, online gaming and eSports will also be pushed forward.

Wu Jincheng, director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, said the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 broke the original pattern of production and living, and the new online economy showed a booming trend.

Multiple online platforms have seen rapid growth in Shanghai during the epidemic. For example, a total of 11 online hospitals launched in the city have provided 14,000 diagnosis and treatment services and issued more than 4,300 prescriptions.

“The plan aims to consolidate and promote the good practices that emerged during the virus outbreak and create new momentum for economic development,” Wu said.

To ensure implementation, Shanghai is to further improve public services, carry out inclusive and prudential regulation, optimize the professional evaluation system for new types of talent such as freelancers, and construct a batch of “ecological parks” for the online economy.


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