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Representing the People
Representing the People
UPDATED: March 14, 2010 NO. 11 MARCH 18, 2010
Regional Accomplishments
Top-level officials shared their views of regional economic and social development at the Third Session of the 11th National People's Congress


Nur Bekri, Chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Xinjiang maintained relatively stable economic development in spite of the destructive July 5 riot and the international economic slowdown.

In 2009, Xinjiang's GDP reached 427.4 billion yuan ($62.57 billion), rising 8.1 percent year on year.

The net income of farmers and herdsmen grew 11 percent year on year in 2009, the fastest in years.

Since December 28, 2009, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been reconnected to 31 popular portal websites that were cut off after the July riot last year


Qiangba Puncog, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People's Congress

Since 2001, we have invested more than 6 billion yuan ($878 million) in protecting and constructing Tibet's ecological environment. The State Council officially approved a plan to build up an eco-safety shelter in Tibet, planning to invest 9.8 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) by 2015 on environmental protection and reconstruction.

In terms of education, nine-year compulsory education has been fully realized in all parts of Tibet. We are also striving to promote vocational education, special education and on-the-job training to fulfill the well-rounded development of the people. At present, the illiteracy rate has been reduced to 2.4 percent from 98 percent 50 years ago.


Jiang Jufeng, Governor of Sichuan Province

Sichuan plans to complete construction of 85 percent of all 29,000 projects currently underway, and to designate around 85 percent of the post-earthquake construction fund by this September. A devastating earthquake struck the province on May 12, 2008.

In 2009, Sichuan's GDP growth rate—14.5 percent—ranked fourth among all provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions


Wei Liucheng, Secretary of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee

During the Spring Festival holiday, which fell on February 13-19 this year, a total of 1.05 million domestic and foreign tourists visited Hainan, an increase of 18 percent from the holiday period last year (which fell on January 25-31). Tourism revenue rose 62 percent from that of 2008.

The State Council's decision in January to build Hainan into an international tourism destination has provided a golden opportunity for the development of the island. We will take a three-step approach to fulfill the goal: first, make considerable changes to the island in three years; second, present a relatively modern and beautiful Hainan island to all travelers in five years; and third, build it into a popular destination for international tourists in 10 years.


Wan Jifei, Executive Director of the Shanghai World Expo Executive Committee

The Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 to October 31. By the end of February this year, 192 countries and more than 50 international organizations have confirmed their participation. Over 50 domestic and foreign companies have also signed contracts to build 18 company pavilions.

At present, all works relating to the Expo, such as the pavilion construction, the online Expo, volunteer services, Expo operation and public interest infrastructure are progressing smoothly.


Wang Yang, Secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee

We are confident that Guangdong can achieve 9-percent GDP growth in 2010.

The Pearl River Delta region is currently lacking a necessary number of skilled workers to keep the regional industry humming, but the situation is not as serious as the media reports. However, the short-term worker shortage has exposed some problems in the labor market. For instance, the government has not had a comprehensive training system for workers, resulting in a predicament that the employers cannot find ideal employees, while a job hunter cannot find a position that matches his or her ability.

Guangdong is now working on the feasibility of raising the minimum wage level in the Pearl River Delta region to address the mismatching of employers and job seekers.


Bo Xilai, Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee

I have noticed that 95 percent of netizens support the municipality's efforts in cracking down on organized crime, and I appreciate the people's understanding and concern about the current situation in Chongqing.

During the crackdown, we found out the situation is worse than we thought. In 2009, the judicial departments solved more than 500 homicide cases, some of which had been filed for seven or eight years.

In 2010, the municipality has prioritized two major projects concerning people's livelihood. First, we will build more houses for middle and low-income groups. Second, we will strive to increase average rural household income by 10,000 yuan ($1,460) this year.

Wang Sanyun, Governor of Anhui Province

In 2009, Anhui's GDP reached 1 trillion yuan ($146 billion), the 14th province whose GDP broke the 1-trillion-yuan threshold.

Our economic structure is not perfect—too much emphasis has been placed on heavy industries like power, coal and steel, while sectors with higher added value and in-depth processing lag far behind the relatively developed provinces.

In the past, a less than adequate transportation network hindered Anhui's development. But the distances have been shortened by high-speed railways. For instance, it now takes less than three hours to travel from Anhui to Shanghai, less than one hour to Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, and no more than two hours to Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

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