​Tech, innovation underpin Guangdong's development

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Photo taken on Nov. 1, 2017 shows the Shenzhen Talent park in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The live webcast provides opportunities not only for those seeking to be internet celebrities, but also for those wishing to take advantage of their rich agricultural resources. 

With the 5G-supported technologies, watermelon farmers in Lianzhang village, Qingyuan, Guangdong province, have quickly been able to make their fortunes by selling off their entire harvest. 

"5G not only facilitates access to the Internet, but also establishes good conditions for us to develop smart agriculture and e-agricultural businesses through live streaming promotions," said Lu Feihong, the local Party secretary. 

The village became the country's first administrative village covered by 5G network when two 5G base stations were put in use on October 31 last year. 

According to Lu, he was surprised to find that the village's watermelons totaling more than 25,000 kilograms sold out in May, creating a pace that was hard to imagine when telecommunications there were so backward. 

Today, Lianzhang village has been transformed from a poverty-stricken area to a well-known online agricultural production center, whose success exemplifies the power of a live-streaming platform. 

According to Xiao Lixin, a media officer for Qingyuan city, 5G has helped them get through a most difficult time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year. 

Affected by the epidemic, one farmer's 7,500-kilogram harvest of Chinese yams had to be stockpiled due to stagnant sales. 

"However, a short video webcast online attracting more than 400,000 visits helped the farmer sell his entire output in a short period of time," Xiao recalled. 

In addition to farmers, manufacturers in Guangdong have also been put on fast track of development thanks to technology and innovation. 

Take Guangzhou Mino Auto Parts Co. Ltd. as an example. The quickest manufacture of a body-in-white (BIW) structure now takes only 42 seconds. By January this year, the company had owned a total of 667 patents, 52% of which were in key intelligent equipment production. 

Innovation enables us to reduce our costs and raise our efficiency while creating value for our customers, said Long Pu, deputy CEO of the company. 

Technology and innovation have also helped administrative offices greatly streamline examination and approval procedures, and offer one-stop online services for businesses. 

"I never expected that our company's registration could have been completed so rapidly, as I started to apply only at 6:00 last night, but received everything, from business licenses to the seal, at about 11:00 this morning," said Lin Jian, a partner of Zero Search, a service platform for the cross-border trade of international industrial products in Shenzhen. 

The time for business registration has been cut from generally one week to two hours at the Electronic One-stop Service Center of Qianhai.

"In order to reduce errands of our applicants, we promote reliance on data technology," said Li Jieshi, an official from the enterprises services office of the administration of the Shenzhen Qianhaiwan Free Trade Port Zone. 

Content created in partnership with Science and Technology Daily.

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