New Year Message
Gong Zheng, Governor of Shandong Province
As a new year begins, everything takes on a new look. On this occasion of bidding farewell to the old year and ushering in the new, on behalf of the People's Government of Shandong Province and over 100 million people in Shandong, I wish to extend my cordial greetings and best wishes to our fellow countrymen and women in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, to overseas Chinese, and to all our friends from around the world.
The year 2018 has been a truly remarkable year in the course of the development of Shandong. General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered important remarks at the panel discussion of Shandong delegation attending the two sessions of the NPC and the CPPCC, chaired SCO Qingdao Summit in Shandong last June, and made important addresses during his inspection tour to the province. He required that Shandong should take the lead in the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the new journey of socialist modernization, and make new advances on all fronts in building a modernized powerhouse in the new era, charting the course for Shandong's development in the new era and bringing pride, confidence and a powerful source of inspiration to hundreds of millions of people in Shandong.
Over the past year, with instructions made by General Secretary Xi Jinping in mind, we have focused on following the trend of our times, adopting long-term plans and clear approaches, consolidating the foundation, addressing key issues, and improving the environment, and taken multiple measures to pursue high-quality development. Shandong has maintained steady economic performance, made positive advances, and improved the economic structure. Transformation of growth drivers has gained full momentum and significant progress has been made in the three critical battles against potential risks, poverty, and pollution. We have made breakthroughs in reform and opening-up, improved business environment and people's well-being. In the past year, we have risen to challenges, forged ahead, and completed major and crucial undertakings to lay a solid foundation, facilitate long-term development and benefit the people. More decisively, the new development philosophy has been embraced by our people, supply-side structural reform has been advanced, institutions and mechanisms have been improved, development environment has been reshaped, and we have demonstrated greater dedication to spearheading the development, transforming from quantity to quality, and pursuing advancements on all fronts. The achievements we have made have certainly not come easily. We owe them to the strong leadership and sound guidance of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, to the concerted efforts and hard work of our people, and to the strong support of our fellow Chinese in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, fellow Chinese overseas, and friends from all over the world. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you.
The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It will be a critical year for finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, accelerating transformation of growth drivers and achieving high-quality development. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we will act on the guiding principles laid out at the 19th CPC National Congress and the second and third plenary sessions of the 19th CPC Central Committee, fully implement the principles of the important speeches and instructions made by General Secretary Xi Jinping during his visit to Shandong, follow the general requirements of taking the lead in the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the new journey of socialist modernization, and making new advances on all fronts in building a modernized powerhouse in the new era, remain committed to the underlying principle of pursuing progress while ensuring stability and to the new development philosophy, promote high-quality development, pursue supply-side structural reform as our main task, deepen market-oriented reform and facilitate high-standard opening up. Led by the major program of replacing old growth drivers with new ones, we will implement at a faster pace the strategy of innovation-driven development, focus our efforts on priorities like rural revitalization, maritime economy and military-civilian integration, continue to fight the three critical battles, take coordinated steps to ensure steady growth, advance reform, make structural adjustments, improve living standards, and guard against risks, keep economic performance within the reasonable range, further stabilize employment, financial sector, foreign trade, foreign investment, fixed-asset investment and expectation, unleash the dynamism of market players, form new advantages in high-quality development, strive for sustained and sound development of the economy and uphold social harmony and stability. This would be the best way for us to greet the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
New Shandong in the new era represents a huge platform with enormous potential. Following the important instructions and requirements made by General Secretary Xi Jinping, we are sparing no efforts to carry forward the spirit of reform and opening-up, taking the initiative to be involved in the opening up endeavor at the national level, launching a new round of high-standard opening up and stepping up efforts for new heights in opening up. I would like to invite domestic and overseas friends to Shandong for visits, communication, investment, starting businesses and sight-seeing, in a bid to share new opportunities for development and write a new chapter of cooperation. We will take solid measures to act on the service philosophy featuring “putting oneself in the other’s shoes, taking the initiative to provide services, ensuring a response to each and every need, imposing no interference if no needs expressed and focusing on the evaluation of results”. We have been working to foster a first-class business environment characterized by fewer government reviews, higher administration efficiency, better services and greater satisfaction of the public. We will move faster to build on our strengths in policy, environment and service so as to better facilitate the innovation and entrepreneurship of our friends.
I wish you happiness, good health and success.