Fujian Province - Oregon's Sister State since 1984
Weiguo Yu, Fujian Party Secretary, addresses under the theme of "China in the New Era: Eco-friendly Fujian, Gateway for the Maritime Silk Road" on July 5, 2019, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, host of the 19th promotion event.
Major Economic and Social Development Indicators of Fujian’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020)
by the General Office of Fujian Provincial People's Government.
The 13th Five-Year Plan period is the decisive time period to bring about a moderately prosperous society in all respects as well as the crucial time to deepen the reform in a comprehensive way. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development of Fujian Province, we will as always seek fast but stable economic growth. Focus will be put on enhancing quality and efficiency of development through economic transformation and upgrading. We will step up efforts to bring into place the systems, mechanisms and growth model that will guide the new normal in economic development. We will strive to push economic and social development to a new height, and make every effort to build Fujian into a province featuring flexible mechanisms, competitive industries, a prosperous life and beautiful environment.
The overall objective is to bring about a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the year of 2020, with the economic and social development achieving a new high.
We will enhance the provincial overall strength significantly. The economy will maintain steady growth, faster than the national average. With an annual growth of 8.5%, Fujian has doubled its 2010 GDP ahead of schedule. The general budget revenue topped RMB 580 billion, with local budget revenue exceeding RMB 330 billion. Investment in fixed asset and the total retail sales of consumer goods grew15% and 11% annually respectively. Major economic indicators are balanced and coordinated, while investment efficiency and corporate profits have greatly increased. The development of combining industrialization with information application has been elevated to a higher level. And the efforts to develop high-end industries and cluster of industries have gained more momentum, as advanced manufacturing develops faster, and new industries and businesses keep growing. The service sector accounts for a larger share in the economy.
Urban and rural development will become more balanced. The new-type urbanization improves the development layout. The expedited urban integration of Fuzhou area and Xiamen-Quanzhou-Zhangzhou area stimulates synchronized development of neighboring regions. More efforts will be devoted to developing small-and-medium cities and towns with local features. Coordination and collaboration between different regions deliver tangible benefits. Less developed areas grow faster than ever before. Endogenous dynamics driving rural development is strengthened. Integrated urban and rural development reaches a new high. The urbanization rate of registered population and resident population stands at 48% and 67% respectively.
We will make great progress in our reform and opening up drive. Breakthroughs are achieved in the reform of key areas and by making crucial links. Some areas will be the pacesetters or test fields of reform in China. The level of the open economy will be further elevated. Both quantity and quality of utilized Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), outbound investment, and import & export trade keep increasing, with annual paid-in FDI reaching USD 7.5 billion and export growing by 2% every year. The development of the core area of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone is yielding fruitful results. Various cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between Fujian and Taiwan become even closer. Cooperation platforms including Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone play a more prominent role.
Innovation and entrepreneurship will be more invigorated. Innovation becomes a trend, and we will develop the systemic and social environment adaptable to innovation-driven development. The growth of high-tech industry accounts for 16% of the provincial GDP; expenditure on research and experiment takes up more than 2% of the GDP; and the ownership of patents for inventions is 7.5 per 10,000 people. As scientific and technological progress makes greater contribution to development, Fujian will become an innovation-oriented province.
The environmental conditions will keep improving. As the Demonstration Zone for Promoting Sound Ecological Progress, the province has greener production mode and lifestyle with less carbon emission. We will reduce the total amount and lessen the intensity in energy and water consumption and construction land. The reduction of CO2 emissions per unit of GDP and main pollutant emissions will be kept within the national standards. The forest coverage rate remains top in China. Water, air and ecological conditions here are all in great quality. We will realize more sustainable development as ecological conservation is institutionalized.
People will live a better life. Income of both urban and rural residents grows by 8% year on year, twice as much as that of 2010 ahead of schedule. By 2018, all residents in the province will get rid of poverty based on the current national standard; and by 2020, all residents will live above the provincial poverty threshold. We will build a better public services system and continue to improve it, covering areas of employment, education, culture, social security, medical care, housing and so on. People will have a stronger sense of citizenship and help build a better society. Cultural industry will become a backbone of the economy. We will be able to better safeguard people’s rights and interests as progress is made in building the province into a safer place with law-based governance and integrity.
Fujian Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Founded in June 1983, Fujian Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries is a provincial public organization that shares offices and works together with Foreign Affairs Office of Fujian Provincial People's Government. The Association aims to enhance mutual understanding between the people in Fujian and the beyond, further increase people-to-people exchanges with the rest of the world, facilitate international cooperation on economy, social undertaking, culture, science and technology, education, and safeguard world peace.
Heren Charitable Foundation
Heren Charitable Foundation was founded by Mr. Cao Dewang, Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group in May 2011. The name of the Foundation consists of two Chinese characters, "He"(河) and "Ren"(仁). "He" means the Yellow River which signifies inclusiveness, while "Ren" means righteousness and benevolence which are demonstrated by the act of mutual assistance. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over 1.6 billion yuan (or 225.6 million US dollars) to support public welfare projects across China and the neighboring country of Nepal, covering such areas as poverty alleviation, disaster relief, environmental protection, and scholarship programs.
Mr. Cao Degan, born in 1944 in Fuqing, Fujian Province, is the president of Heren Charitable Foundation. He served as Vice Governor of Fujian from 1999 to 2003 and Deputy-Director of the Standing Committee of Fujian Provincial People's Congress from 2003 to 2008.