Quality will continue to be the priority for Shenzhen's development in 2017, according to a government work report delivered by Xu Qin, the Party chief and mayor of Shenzhen, at the annual session of the city's lawmaking body that opened Friday.
Addressing 490 deputies at the session of the Shenzhen Municipal Congress, Xu summarized that 2016 was a fruitful year for Shenzhen and a good starting point of the city's 13th Five-year Plan that mapped out Shenzhen's development from 2016 to 2020.
The year of 2016 witnessed a gross domestic product of 1.93 trillion yuan (US$284 billion) for Shenzhen with a satisfying growth rate of 9 percent under the gloomy economic environment around the world, said Xu.
The GDP goal for this year is a rate of 8.5 percent, according to the work report.
Last year was the first year of the five-year plan with a focus on tackling the city's vexing issues such as water pollution, illegal construction, safety, traffic congestion and the management of grass-root governmental institutions. Thus, the year was defined as the "Year of Urban Management" by the government at last year's period of "Two Sessions."
Through a year's efforts, said Xu, Shenzhen achieved notable results in tackling the problems and thereby enhanced the city's image and residents' livelihood in many aspects.
For example, Xu pointed out that Shenzhen invested 11.1 billion yuan in improving the water quality of 15 main rivers, tearing down or renovating 11 million square meters of illegal constructions, thoroughly screening some public areas with hazards, relocating oil and gas storage to safer zones and initiating the construction of several new Metro lines to cover a wider area of Shenzhen.
In terms of administrative regions, the Pingshan and Longhua new areas were approved to become districts by the State Council.
People's livelihood, including education, health care and welfare housing, was also improved, said the Party chief. Six renowned top universities in China inked deals with the city government to build campuses in Shenzhen, while 3,000 more beds were added to local hospitals and the construction of 62,000 affordable accommodations to lure talents was started last year.
Looking into 2017, Xu urged all governmental departments to further focus on the development quality of all aspects such as products manufactured in Shenzhen and residents' livelihood. The notions of "Shenzhen Quality" and "Shenzhen Standards" were put forward a few years ago to replace the previous emphasis on "Shenzhen Speed."
The work report defined 2017 as the Year of Enhancing City Quality, which aims to make the city a global supplier of various kinds of products, services and ideologies.
Work on 10 aspects was specifically outlined in the report, focusing on supply-side structural reform, further support of innovative and future industries, construction of more Metro lines, improvement of public safety, and better ecology and environment.
The session will wrap up tomorrow.