Comprehensive conditions of economy
In face of severe and complicated macroeconomic environment and arduous and hard reform, development and stabilizing work, we always kept in mind the entrustment of building Premier Zhou Enlai’s hometown well from General Secretary Xi Jinping, and stuck to the overall requirements of “The Eight Projects” and “The Ten Measures” performed by the Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government and “Breakthrough Year” required by the Municipal Party Committee, and thus made good achievements in deepening reforms and improving people’s livelihood, we also completed targets and assignments confirmed by the third meeting of the 7th Municipal People’s Congress, and made comprehensive breakthroughs under the “new normal”.
Increase rates of major economic indexes ranked high in Jiangsu province, 5 of the 18 indexes calculated by the province ranked the 1st, and growth rates of core indexes including regional gross value of production, investment, consumption and revenues moved upwards in the rankings of Jiangsu.
During 2014, Huai’an completed 245.54 billion yuan regional gross value of production, increasing by 10.9% over the previous year, gained 30.85 billion yuan public financial budget revenues, a growth of 13.7%, achieved 203.69 billion and 163.56 billion yuan, which rose by 17.3% and 17% respectively; besides, per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents reached 25798 and 12010 yuan, which increased by 9.4% and 11.6%.
The rate of urbanization in Huai’an reached 56.5% in 2014, and the quality index of urbanization ranked 55th among prefecture-level and above cities, counties of Huai’an reached the provincial standards for all-round well-off society.
A number of important projects including high-speed railway made breakthrough, leading fast construction and leaping development in Huai’an. Key reforms including land use system also made breakthrough, and some important work including formal opening-up of aviation port were achieved, forming new advantages for development.
Featured industries in Huai’an were further concentrated, and sci-tech innovative level was improved. The economy grew steadily and the key role of investment and basic role of consumption were fully exerted, 179.57 billion yuan investment in fixed assets above designated size was completed, increased by 23%, and investment in industry grew by 25.6%; 81.48 billion yuan retailing sum of consumer goods was achieved, rising by 13.1%; 4.1 billion dollars of import and export sum were completed, increasing by 12.2%.
14 provincial and 220 municipal-level projects were acceleration, 151 industrial projects with more than 100 million yuan investment were started, 223 additional industrial enterprises emerged, and 45 more enterprises witnessed over 100 million sales, added value of industries above designated size increased by 12.9%; 111 agricultural industrial projects with more than 30 million yuan investment were implemented, doubled over the previous year.
11 more leading enterprises had more than 100 million sales, and 1.06 billion yuan was invested into rural irrigation, crop production achieved consecutive increase for the 11th year, 158 tertiary projects with more than 100 million yuan investment were performed, and added value of service industry exceeded 100 billion yuan; output value of architectural industry reached 122.6 billion yuan. Industrial structure was improved, output value of featured industries accounted for 55.2% of the industrial output value of industries above designated size, 6.1% higher than the previous year.
Production value of electronic information industry exceeded 90 billion yuan, and a provincial-level featured industrial cluster of salt chemical new materials was created, output value of food industry became top-ranking in Jiangsu province. Key enterprises of special steel accelerated transformation and development, and an advanced provincial new-energy automobile manufacture base was approved.
More than additional 200 productive e-commerce enterprises above designated size emerged, Huai’an Software Park became a provincial e-commerce demonstrative base, two scenic spot became state-level 4A ones and one was approved to be a provincial tourism recreation resort. Proportion of added value of the service industry increased by 1%.
Modern agriculture developed in a higher speed, one modern fishery industrial park was approved to be a provincial one, and 2 brands became “Chinese well-known trademarks”. Additional number of family farms ranked the 2nd in Jiangsu province, and development index of modern agricultural project and composite mechanical level ranked 1st in Northern Jiangsu.
The capacity of innovation increased obviously. Investment in R&D in the whole society accounted for more than 1.6% of GDP, 76 more enterprises became state-level high-tech ones, 30 more enterprise innovation platform became provincial-level ones, increase of patent application amount ranked the 1st in Jiangsu province, and proportion of high-tech output value among that of industries above designated size rose by 1%.
15 institutes of renowned colleges and universities were founded in Huai’an, the second state-level university sci-tech park in Northern Jiangsu was created, and Huai’an branch center of China Overseas Study Service Center and the first overseas students venturing tech service center to the north of Yangtze River were established. Besides, Huaishang Talent Venture Fund was founded, and 20 experts for the national “Thousand Talents Plan” and 18 provincial “Double-venture Plan” talents were invited.
Eight reforms including land use system were absorbed as national pilot projects and fifteen reforms including new-type urbanization composite supports were listed as provincial pilot projects, forming a reform system with Huai’an characteristics. And Huai’an was approved to be the first demonstrative zone for transfer and concentration of Taiwanese-invested enterprises in China.
Reforms of key areas were accelerated. Reform of administrative approval system made significant progress and became one of the first pilot projects for social administration and public service standardization in China. And a first-class-in-China administrative service center was built, 119 items for administrative approval were cut into 42 items, encouraging market units effectively. Private enterprises and individual businesses increased by 28.3% and 52.1% respectively, and thus became a provincial venturing city.
Financial reform was deepened constantly, two banking institutions were brought in, and 3 sic-tech branch banks were established, a low-interest unified loans platform and emergency bridge financing were set up, and coverage of village-level financial composite service stations reached 75%. Land use system reform was comprehensively started, and plans for 15 key functional areas were compiled.
Quality of opening-up was improved significantly. A provincial demonstrative zone for transformation and development of utilizing foreign investments was created, 13 projects each with more than 90 million dollars of investment were approved, and 1.2 billion USDs of registered foreign capital were credited into account, ranking the first and second in Northern Jiangsu.
British Cigna Healthcare and other projects were introduced into Huai’an, and proportion of utilizing foreign capital by service industry increased by 15%. The first foreign trade composite service enterprise in Northern Jiangsu was founded, 15 more enterprises’ foreign trade volume exceeded 10 million USDs. And 6 more cities became international sister cities and friendly exchange cities of Huai’an.
As a concentration place of Taiwanese investments, Huai’an grows in a faster way. The “Three Plans” including “multiplication of projects in consecutive three years”, “expansion of exchange platform” and “upgrade of 101% services” were comprehensively implemented. A number of important projects including Dingzhen Tech with 1 billion USDs investment were attracted. The first business college for Taiwan entrepreneurs in mainland China was founded, and the ninth Taiwan Entrepreneurs Forum was held successfully; besides, Huai’an was elected as a “strongly recommended city by Taiwan entrepreneurs” for the third year in a row. Introduction of important project also made breakthrough, 216 domestic-invested projects each with more than 100 million yuan were introduced, including 25 each with more than 1 billion yuan investment and 5 each with more than 5 billion yuan investment.
Functions as a central city were improved. 100.7 billion yuan was invested and 910 key projects were implemented. Construction of Lianhuaiyangzhen Railway was started and construction of Xusuhuaiyan Railway is to be started. The city position as a composite transportation hub of Yangtze Delta and China was established. The 1st line of modern tram was being laid, and the municipal gym center was built and put into operation. Phase 1 project of intelligent industrial valley was completed, and construction of the financial center was started.
Huai’an also made progress in ecological civilization. Huai’an passed evaluation for provincial-level eco-city firstly in Northern Jiangsu, and became a national demonstrative zone for ecological civilization and a pilot city for water ecological civilization city, and was approved to be a national new energy demonstrative city. Decrease rate of density of PM2.5 ranks 2nd in Jiangsu province.
The ten practical things for people were completed. 4.01 billion yuan was invested to implement a number of livelihood projects. Huai’an University was approved by the provincial government and is under preparation, Jiangsu Nursing Professional School was also approved to be founded. Huai’an Xiehu Hospital and Stomatological Hospital were built, and construction of Huai’an Children Hospital and Ophthalmic Hospital was started, the 2nd People’s Hospital of Huai’an became a “Top Three” comprehensive hospital.
Grand Canal was listed into the directory of world cultural heritage, 2 more national intangible cultural heritages were confirmed, and a number of provincial-level demonstrative zone for public cultural service system were established, the sum of copyright registration ranked the 4th in Jiangsu. 101,000 urban residents were reemployed, and registered urban unemployment rate decreased to 2.2%. 1.89 billion yuan housing provident fund loans were released, and Huai’an became one of the six pilot cities for reform of common property right.