New Year Message
Gong Zheng, 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 the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan, fellow Chinese overseas, and to people in all sectors for their interest in and support for Shandong.
2019 has been a truly remarkable year for Shandong. Over the past year, we have overcome difficulties and forged ahead. In the face of grim and complicated challenges, we, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, acted on the important instructions and requirements of General Secretary Xi Jinping for the work of Shandong, followed the guiding principle of pursuing progress while ensuring stability, pursued supply-side structural reform as our main task, implemented the 8 major development strategies across the province, and achieved sustained and sound economic and social progress. With the major program of growth drivers transformation high on our agenda, we have been cultivating and strengthening new drivers of growth, phasing out outdated growth drivers, and transforming and upgrading traditional ones. Over 2.000 new high-tech enterprises were established in the province, making the total number exceed 11.000. We focused on major development strategies, adopted high standards for building Shandong into a model of rural revitalization, and made solid progress in pursuing Shandong’s maritime development. Major infrastructure development has entered a “fast track”, as evidenced by the 1.987 kilometers of high-speed railways and 6.447 kilometers of expressways, as well as the fact that every county of the province now has access to expressway, and a ring-shaped high-speed railway network has taken shape.
Over the past year, we have pursued reform, opening-up and innovation-driven development. By making full use of reform and opening-up -- a game-changing move, we made great efforts in advancing institutional exploration and process reengineering, facilitated reforms in key areas such as the systems and mechanisms for governing development zones, and delegating more powers to county-level governments. We fully implemented tax and fee reduction policies. The number of market entities exceeded 10 million. The import and export volume with countries along the Belt and Road increased by over 15%, and more than 2.000 new foreign-invested companies were established in the province. Several major innovation platforms were launched, including Shandong Institute of Industrial Technology, Shandong Institute for Advanced Technology, and Shandong Institute for Energy Research. We also put in place the Center for Ocean Mega-Science together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shandong Research Institute of Development Strategies for China’s Engineering Sciences with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 20 provincial-level communities of innovation and entrepreneurship combining “governments, industries, academia, research institutes, financial capital, service sectors and commercialization”, thus breaking new grounds in making Shandong an innovation-driven province.
Over the past year, we have ensured social stability and people’s well-being. Sound performances were secured in the fight against “Three Critical Battles”. We took heavyweight and effective measures to forestall and defuse serious and major risks, and consolidated achievements in poverty alleviation. We made continuous efforts to notch up victories in the eight landmark battles, including the one to keep our skies blue. As a result, blue skies, white clouds and twinkling stars, once regarded as luxuries, have become commonplace. Solid steps were taken to secure and improve people’s well-being. More than 1.3 million urban jobs were created in the whole year; social pension insurance and basic medical insurance were expanded to cover over 77 million and 95 million people respectively; 20 programs designed to improve people’s livelihood witnessed solid progress. Now our people have greater senses of fulfillment, happiness and security.
Although there were arduous efforts in last year’s work, there were also joys of success. We owe these hard-won achievements to the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, to the diligence and commitment of all people across the province and to the interest and support from our fellow Chinese in the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, in 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.
The year 2020 will see decisive victories in finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, meeting goals of the 13th Five-Year Plan, and achieving initial results in the transformation of growth drivers in our province. We will continue to be guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, fully implement the guiding principles of the Party’s 19th National Congress and the second, third and fourth plenary sessions of its 19th Central Committee, put in practice important instructions and requirements over the work in Shandong made by General Secretary Xi Jinping, strive to take the lead and make all-round breakthroughs, follow the guiding principle of making progress while ensuring stability, act on the new development philosophy, pursue the deepening of supply-side structural reform as our major task, promote high-quality development driven by reform and opening-up, so as to achieve initial outcomes in developing new drivers of growth and bring a successful conclusion to our efforts to finish the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the 13th Five-Year Plan.
People's living standards are the measure of success in our drive to build a moderately prosperous society. With the commitment to our people-centered philosophy of development, we will make coordinated efforts to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make structural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability. We will always keep in mind the wellbeing of the people, and take practical actions to improve education, medical care, elderly care, employment, social security, and other areas benefiting people’s lives. We must solve the pressing, difficult and worrying issues troubling our people. All of our efforts will lay a more solid foundation for high-quality development and bring more successes in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Openness and cooperation are the dominant theme and the strongest message of today’s world. General Secretary Xi Jinping required us to explore new horizons of opening-up. Bearing his instruction in mind, we will give full play to major strategic platforms including China (Shandong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, SCO Demonstration Zone, and Environmental Protection and High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin, in order to steer our opening-up toward higher levels and into more areas and greater depths, and keep pace with the times and seek win-win results with the rest of the world. We warmly welcome friends, both from home and abroad, to visit Shandong, to experience its long history, splendid culture, pleasant environment and hospitable people, to feel its passion and promising prospects in following the new development philosophy and promoting high-quality development, and to enjoy new opportunities and create a new future together. We will continue to improve the soft environment for businesses, the hard environment for development, and an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. We will provide robust policy support and top class services for talent and businessmen who come to Shandong to fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams, and make sure they will work and live in Shandong in a secure, relaxing and satisfying environment.
I sincerely wish you a happy new year and all the best.[来源：中国山东网 编辑：光影]