Shenzhen-based Tencent on Monday launched a mini-app “粤省事” integrating 142 livelihood service items including 10 kinds of documentation, such as a driver’s license, vehicle license, travel permit, passport, birth certificate, residence card and certificates for disabled people.
It also offers services concerning social security, housing provident funds and special services for special groups, such as handicapped people, migrant workers and the elderly.
The launch of the mini-app is a phase of the Digital Guangdong initiative.
Phone users can enjoy the benefits of the mini-app by registering using facial recognition and their personal ID card.
With the mini-app, users can complete processes for housing provident funds, generate their own e-vehicle license and driver’s license, and apply for travel permits and passports.
The mini-app offers nine service items for handicapped people, such as applying for a living allowance and exemption from income taxes. Physically challenged people won’t need to go to government offices to complete their applications.
As a province of migrant workers, Guangdong handles about one-seventh of all the labor disputes in China. The mini-app enables authorities to mediate disputes online and saves time for those involved by eliminating the need to go between government offices.
Digital Guangdong is one of Tencent’s priorities, and the mini-app is a breakthrough in the public service sector.
At the 13th National People’s Congress, deputy Ma Huateng, who is the co-founder and chairman of Tencent, said Digital Guangdong will be a model for provincial-level governments in China.
At the China (Shenzhen) IT Summit earlier this year, Ma said that Digital Guangdong was initiated by Governor Ma Xingrui. It could be promoted in other provinces if it is successful in Guangdong.
Tencent has set up a joint company in cooperation with China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom for the Digital Guangdong project.
The Chinese Government has rolled out Internet Plus strategies to spur the integration of Internet technologies and traditional sectors. Ma Huateng said China’s Internet Plus is one approach, while the digital economy is the result, and both serve the goal of “building the country into a Digital China” and an Internet power.