The seventh section of the ninth Zhuhai People's Congress was opened on Jan 22. [Photo/Official WeChat account of Zhuhai People's Congress]
The seventh section of the 9th Zhuhai People's Congress was opened on Jan 22. On behalf of the Zhuhai municipal people's government, Zhuhai Mayor Yao Yusheng delivered a government work report, reviewing the work in 2018 and setting the groundwork for 2019.
Zhuhai Mayor Yao Yusheng speaks at the Congress. [Photo/Official WeChat account of Zhuhai People's Congress]
Review of work in 2018
In 2018, the city achieved a GDP of 296.6 billion yuan ($43.08 billion), an increase of 8 percent; a fixed assets investment of 185.86 billion yuan, an increase of 20.7 percent; retail sales of social consumer goods totaled 11.62 billion yuan, an increase of 7.6 percent; and total import and export volume hit 324.63 billion yuan, an increase of 8.5 percent. The general public budget income was 33.147 billion yuan, an increase of 5.4 percent; the per capita disposable income of all residents was 48,007 yuan, an increase of 9 percent; consumer prices rose by 2.3 percent, the newly added urban employment was 47,000 and the urban registered unemployment rate was 2.25 percent.
In 2018, Zhuhai adding two national and 17 provincial technology centers, 56 provincial-level engineering technology research centers, and two provincial manufacturing innovation centers. The city has attracted 3,973 new foreign-funded enterprises, an increase of 153.9 percent, and the actual foreign investment was 15.63 billion yuan, an increase of 26.9 percent.
The Free Trade Zone has two new Fortune 500 companies and one China Top 500 company. A total of 774 newly registered Hong Kong and Macao enterprises settled in the Hengqin Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation Demonstration Zone, and a total of 111 enterprises registered in the Guangdong-Macao cooperation Chinese medicine technology industrial park. The Macao Youth Venture Valley introduced 47 new Hong Kong and Macao projects. A total of 41,131,100 tourists were received last year, an increase of 8.3 percent, and the total tourism revenue was 46.616 billion yuan, an increase of 26.8 percent.
The city of Zhuhai [Photo/VCG]
Plans and objectives for 2019
In 2019, Zhuhai expects the regional GDP to grow by about 7.5 percent, the added value of industrial enterprises above designated size to increase by 10 percent, the investment in fixed assets to increase by 10 percent, the total retail sales of consumer goods to increase by 8 percent, general public budget income to increase by 7 percent, and the per capita disposable income of residents to increase by 8 percent. The increase in consumer price and urban registered unemployment rate will be all controlled within 3 percent, and 30,000 new employment opportunities in urban areas will be created.
Efforts will be put into many aspects, such as:
Promoting steady economic growth
Zhuhai will promote a number of major investment projects, arranging 208 key annual projects with an investment of 57.6 billion yuan, urging 36 projects to be completed and put into operation, and encouraging 54 projects to start construction. The city will continue reducing the cost of the enterprises and improve the road network and living facilities around the industrial parks.
Building a modern industrial system
Zhuhai will promote the high-quality development of the manufacturing industry, vigorously develop strategic emerging industries, accelerate the development of modern service industries, and enhance the capacity and strength of independent innovation.
Guaranteeing and improving people's livelihood
Zhuhai will improve employment and entrepreneurship support policies, improve the level of social insurance benefits, and increase housing security. It will build 10 new public schools and reconstruct 12 schools, as well as deepen the reform of public hospitals.
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