Future growth of Changsha and Party Chief's vision
Changsha will grab the opportunities to be a more prosperous, beautiful and happier city with both hands during the upcoming 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), Changsha's top leader Yi Lianhong said during an interview with Hunan Daily.
According to Yi, the capital of Central China's Hunan province has witnessed a substantial growth during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15), which is coming to an end.
The Party Chief believed that the city's strategic position has greatly upgraded in the past five years. National demonstration zones, featuring two-oriented society construction and independent innovation, as well as the Xiangjiang New Area have successively been launched in the area.
The intersection of the Beijing-Guangzhou and Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railways in the city makes it a more significant transportation hub with high-speed trains reaching 19 provincial capitals and municipalities.
"And this year, the gross domestic product (GDP) of Changsha is expected to reach 860 billion yuan ($132.9 billion), ranking it the 6th among provincial capitals," said Yi. He also said, "Our fiscal revenue will also exceed 110 billion yuan, and the total industrial output value breaks into the benchmark of 1 trillion yuan."
Yi Lianhong, Party chief of Changsha, Hunan province [Photo by Fan Yuanzhi/Hunan Daily]
Yi noted that industrial transformation and innovation were key words for the city's development in the 12th plan. The service industry proportion is expected to rise by 3.5 percentage points in the three industries. And the industrial development now has multiple engines as sectors such as new materials, engineering machinery, food, electronic information and culture have all formed 100 billion-level industry clusters.
The new growth engines are also emerging. The city is now playing an increasingly significant role across the country in the mobile Internet sector. With the reform of business system, the number of market entities citywide has exceeded 500,000.
"Changsha will meet challenges for future development during the next five year plan, but strategic opportunities will still be the main theme," Yi looks to a bright future, adding that the city will take bigger steps on building an international city with a local culture identity.
It is expected that improvements will be made in regional GDP, urban capacity and at opening-up level. Besides, the city will strengthen its carrying capacity, independent innovation, industrial competitiveness, government service while embracing a better nature, ecological environment and achieving better livelihood for residents.
Source: Hunan Daily