Honorable Mr. Wang Huayuan, Deputy CPC Secretary of Guangdong Province, Honorable Mr. Zhou Bo, Deputy Director of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Dear Leaders and Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today marks the grand opening of Shanwei Electronics, Telecommunication and IT Products Expo & Contract Signing Ceremony of Trade and Economic Cooperation 2006, two essential parts of our Commemoration Event for the 110th Anniversary of Peng Pai, the late CPC revolutionary leader, & Trade and Economic Events 2006. First of all, on behalf of the Party Committee and People's Government of Shanwei as well as three million citizens in this former revolutionary base, I'd like to extend my welcome and respect to all the leaders, guests and friends.
Shanwei is a young city with huge potential. Boasting a favorable geographical location and climate as well as abundant land and marine resources, its unique economic advantages are more prominent with the adjacency to Pearl River Delta. In recent years, especially after the Municipal Congress of CPC Members in 2004, led by the Provincial Party Committee and Government, the Municipal Party Committee and Government are determined to build a new Shanwei and focus on concerted efforts and leapfrogging development for rapid economic and social progress. And these years indeed witness the best growth of our city. GDP growth rate in 2005 was 16.3%. The first three quarters of 2006 not only see our GDP up by 15%, but also the positive growth in pillar industries of electronics, telecommunication, IT and alike, as well as in a group of industrial clusters. Shanwei becomes a key export base for high- and new-tech products in east Guangdong and is well-equipped to develop advanced manufacturing industry. The all-round progress is also found in full-scale development in social undertaking, social stability, improved living standard and better administration of CPC. In addition, Shanwei is optimizing its investment climate into a paradise of investment from all over the world.
The present Shanwei is in its prime and ready for breakthrough. Recently, Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and Government held the East Guangdong Working Session in Shantou, lending us an engine for growth. It greatly encourages people from all walks of life in Shanwei. Looking ahead, besides targeting a yearly average of 18% in GDP growth in the coming decade, we set the development objective in phases with three-year, five-year and ten-year timeframes for laying the first stone, transformation and substantial growth in succession. In terms of the future direction of our industrial development, the focus is on becoming the bases for IT industry, port industry and processing & manufacturing trade. In positioning ourselves, we will make better use of water-based eco-system, add up the urban functions and make it more attractive, so that Shanwei will become a modern coastal city with well-developed industry, tourism and marine aquaculture and embrace new breakthrough.
With this general objective in mind, we are to concentrate our efforts on the three bases of IT industry, port industry and processing & manufacturing trade, on the three economic belts of marine industry, green agriculture and golden corridor of unique tourism routes, and on the three founding blocks of transportation infrastructure, municipal infrastructure and education base. Among them, the top priority is given to electronics, telecommunication and IT industry to secure preemptive development for three reasons. First, they are leading industries in new industrialization, with close links to other manufacturing sectors. Second, the natural environment fits well with these industries which have demanding requirement on precision. Third, Shanwei is now endowed with a sound industrial foundation in this regard. Two of our flagship enterprises, Truly Electronics Co. Ltd. and Tak Cheong Electronics (Holdings) Co. Ltd., have successfully played the locomotive role and exerted banyan tree effect.
So, the 11th five-year plan of Shanwei clearly maps out the blueprint for the city. By setting up Shanwei High-tech Development Zone, specialty industrial base of the Torch Project and science park for agriculture and forestry, and highlighting R&D on core technologies in electronics, telecommunication, software and integrated circuit, we keep on developing IT-based high- and new-tech industries to transform this former small fishing village to an information port of the future.
Today's Expo signifies an influential beginning of and an effective attempt at the further development of Shanwei's IT industry. Through product display, sharing of investment experiences among enterprises and promotion of investment climate, everyone can witness the abundant resources of opening up and economic development as well as the hospitable environment adaptive to the integrated development of electronics, telecommunication and IT industry. Another purpose is to build a platform on which we can fully utilize domestic and international resources and facilitate all-round and multi-tiered services in IT industry. In this event, there will be contract signing, ribbon cutting and foundation laying ceremony for 227 projects with a total investment of 3.2725 billion RMB. We are sure of the propelling force to various sectors, including electronics, telecommunication and IT, when these projects are finalized.
We are fully aware that the most crucial element in the investment climate is still about people. What really stand out as competitive edge are none but social harmony, administrative efficiency, legal credibility and friendly atmosphere. We'll firmly take hold of the opportunity offered by the decision on further developing eastern Guangdong by Provincial Party Committee and Government. While expanding opening up and building infrastructure, we'll also take effective measures to innovate technologies and mechanisms, carry out all preferential measures and improve quality and efficiency of service. To build Shanwei into a key industrial base for electronics and IT, we'll endeavor to build various platforms to develop electronics, telecommunication and IT industries, introduce and create the banyan tree effect for these three sectors, the fusion effect for industrial transfer, driving force of setting up industrial bases and the circular effect of industrial chains.
Here, we expect earnestly that leaders at different levels and all circles of society will, as always, support and show interest in the development of Shanwei. We cordially welcome aspirant Chinese and overseas entrepreneurs to join this great process of developing Shanwei and to cooperate with IT and other sectors, so that together we can unfold a future of prosperity. In the end, I wish Shanwei Electronics, Telecommunication and IT Products Expo & Contract Signing Ceremony of Trade and Economic Cooperation 2006 every success and wish you all the best. Thank you.
(Full text of the remarks by Rong Tiewen, Party Secretary of the Shanwei Municipal Party Committee at the "Seminar of Shanwei Economic and Trade Cooperation" on October 21, 2006, as transcribed)