新 年 贺 词
New Year Message
Li Ganjie, Governor of Shandong Province
As spring is approaching, a new year begins. On this occasion of bidding farewell to the old year and ushering in the new, I wish to extend, on behalf of the People’s Government of Shandong Province and 100 million people in Shandong, my sincere greetings and New Year wishes to our fellow Chinese in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and around the world, and friends both at home and abroad for their good wishes and support for Shandong.
2020 has been a truly remarkable year in the history of the People's Republic of China. It has also been a momentous and significant year for Shandong. Facing the COVID-19 outbreak that caught us all by surprise and against the backdrop of challenging and complex international environment, Shandong has achieved parallel progress in pandemic control and economic and social development under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core. As we brought the 13th Five-Year Plan to a successful conclusion, completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects is on the horizon. New and solid steps have been made in pursuing high-quality development in the province.
Over the past year, we have come together and created a powerful defense of unity and solidarity against the virus. We have always followed a people-first approach, put saving lives above all else, and protected the lives and health of our people at all costs to win the battle against the virus. The spread of COVID-19 was basically contained in one month and the daily number of newly confirmed cases dropped to single digit in 2 months. While implementing regular prevention and control measures, we have carried out the strategy of getting ready for worst-case scenarios, making proactive response, and building multiple lines of defense. More than 1.5 million nucleic acid samples can be tested per day. The sudden outbreak of the virus has been swiftly and effectively controlled, scoring a remarkable performance in response to the pandemic and demonstrating China’s institutional advantage and Shandong’s efficiency.
Over the past year, we have promoted development while ensuring stability and explored new horizons by transforming crisis into opportunities. In enhancing stability and pursuing progress, we took solid steps to ensure stability on the six fronts and security in the six areas, focused on expanding consumption, boosting investment, and stabilizing foreign trade and investment, and set out and improved related work plans. The economy recovered and picked up across the board. Major indicators were higher than the national average with better-than-expected growth rate. We accelerated growth drivers transformation and delivered initial achievements within 3 years. We expect the added value of new technologies, new industries, and new business models and forms as a share of GDP to exceed 30%, the output of high-tech industries to hit 45% of the total industrial output, and the number of high-tech companies to surpass 14,000 throughout the year, injecting great momentum into Shandong’s development.
Over the past year, we have unleashed vitality through reform and opening-up and advanced transformation with innovation. We pushed forward with reforms in 9 areas, provided government services via a single website, at a single window, with one single number, opened a platform of making prompt response to people’s complaints, adjusted and improved the mechanism of facilitating the development of enterprises, projects, rural areas, and communities, took the initiative to serve companies and people, and carried out policies with concrete actions. A total of corporate burden of RMB 349.1 billion yuan on market entities was reduced throughout the year. The number of newly registered market entities hit over 2.1 million, including over 700,000 new companies. We firmly opened wider to the outside world. Imports, exports, and actual paid-in foreign investment grew substantially. Over 2,700 new foreign-invested firms were established. We made the province more innovative, implemented mega-science plans and mega-science projects. The number of in-force invention patents increased by more than 19%, and over 18,000 firms were incorporated in the national list of high-tech SMEs, 1.9 times higher over the previous year, making Shandong more vibrant.
Over the past year, we have worked together to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects and brought tangible benefits to people. We won the battle against poverty and eliminated absolute poverty for the first time in history. People’s living standards were elevated to a new level. We took tough steps to forestall and defuse major risks and prevent and control pollution. The intensity of PM2.5 dropped by over 11%. We delivered services in 20 areas for the benefit of our people and strengthened weak links. The basic pension of residents increased by 20.3%. Assistance and security level was significantly raised for 9 groups of people living in difficulties, including those living on subsistence allowances. Elderly people above 60, however different in nationalities and hometowns, all enjoy 6 policies in Shandong, such as free public transport in urban areas. People have felt more satisfied, happy, and secure.
We made these hard-won achievements through many trials and tribulations. We owe them to the guidance of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee, to the diligence and commitment of all people across the province, and to the attention and support from our fellow countrymen and women in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and around the world, and people in all sectors. I would like to take this opportunity to extend sincere appreciation to all of you.
In the marvelous journey of building a modernized province, making Shandong stronger has always been our priority. The just concluded 12th Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Shandong Provincial Committee mapped out Shandong’s 14th Five-Year Plan and Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, and set out the goal of taking the lead in 7 aspects and making breakthroughs in 9 areas, embarking on a new journey of building a modernized province. The blueprint is drawn and it is time for us to forge ahead. In the new year, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we will put into practice the major instructions and requirements made by General Secretary Xi Jinping on the work of Shandong, follow the general principle of pursuing progress while ensuring stability, remain committed to the new development philosophy, serve the new development paradigm of the country, implement 8 major development strategies, advance reform in 9 areas, and make 10 major industries stronger, better, and bigger, in an effort to get the 14th Five-Year Plan off to a great start and commemorate the centenary of the Communist Party of China with remarkable achievements.
Ruthless as the virus is, humanity will prevail through solidarity and mutual support, and common progress will be achieved through openness and cooperation. The virus can not undermine our openness and cooperation. Bearing in mind the instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping, we will leverage the national strategy for environmental protection and high-quality development in the Yellow River basin, the comprehensive pilot area of growth drivers transformation, China (Shandong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, China-SCO Local Economic and Trade Cooperation Demonstration Zone, and other national-level platforms, seize the opportunity of RCEP, and make new advances in opening-up, in a bid to drive away the darkness of the pandemic with the sunshine of cooperation and embrace the world with open arms. We welcome friends both at home and abroad to Shandong to experience its time-honored history, splendid culture, beautiful environment, friendly people, and vibrant prospects. We will provide a sound business environment, policy support, and good services for you to conduct innovation, start business, and make investment in Friendly Shandong so that you will enjoy its hospitality and friendship.
I sincerely wish you a happy new year, a happy family, good health, and all the best.