Chongchuan announces economic and social growth targets for 2021
Huang Weifeng, head of Chongchuan district in Nantong in East China's Jiangsu province, delivers a report on the government's performance in 2020, at the second session of the first Chongchuan District People's Congress which was held in the Gengsu Theater on Jan 13. [Photo/WeChat account: chongchuanonline]
The second session of the first Chongchuan District People's Congress was held in the Gengsu Theater on Jan 13, with Huang Weifeng, head of Chongchuan district in Nantong in East China's Jiangsu province, delivering a report on the government's performance in 2020.
The report reviewed four aspects of the government's work – transformation and upgrading of industries, investment attraction, urban construction and people's livelihoods.
In the past year, the Chongchuan government achieved stable economic growth. The regional GDP is estimated to hit 148 billion yuan ($22.9 billion), with the general public budget revenue reaching 12.05 billion yuan and the total retail sales of consumer goods at 67.5 billion yuan.
In a bid to improve the urban environment, Chongchuan launched a renovation project in dilapidated residential neighborhoods. A total of 639,000 square meters was taken as a preliminary area.
Facing the burgeoning COVID-19 epidemic, the district initiated electronic health passes in the city of Nantong, and built an imported cold chain food centralized supervision warehouse, remaining the only main urban area without any suspected and confirmed case in Jiangsu province.
The economic growth targets for the district government in 2021 were also announced in the report. They set a regional GDP growth target of over 7 percent and a general public budget revenue target of over 12.5 billion yuan. Investment in research and development is projected to account for at least 2.7 percent of GDP.
Huang predicted that retail sales of consumer goods would rise by 8 percent, fixed-asset investment would increase by at least 4 percent and per capita disposable income of residents would grow faster than the local economy. The urban registered unemployment rate will stay under 3 percent.