Shanghai to focus on citizens’ higher income

THE government of Shanghai has become a pioneer in the country in officially listing in its governmental plans for this year to invest in environmental protection, research and development and the increase of citizens’ income.  

In its work report delivered by mayor Han Zheng, the government aims to increase its investment in research and development up to 2.2% of the city’s gross domestic product (GDP) and the investment in environmental protection to over three per cent of GDP and to raise the growth rate of its people’s spendable income to above the national average.  

Zhu Ronglin, professor from the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese central government, said the city’s percentage for research and development is a high rate for a developing country and the percentage for environmental protection is equal to that of a moderately developed country.  

A focus on the growth rate of spendable income indicates the government has shifted its goal solely from GDP growth to growth of benefits people can share from a robust economy, said Zhu.  

Han said Shanghai must strictly follow sustainable strategies due to two issues.  

One is that the city has no energy and no resources as it is mainly a manufacturing and commercial centre and the energy and resources it uses are supplied by other parts of China. 

Another issue is environmental restrictions, Han said, as the city’s dense population of 20 million is concentrated in a mere 6,340 square kilometres. – People's Daily  

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