Dear compatriots at home and abroad and friends from all over the world, on this wonderful occasion of festival celebrations and family reunion, I, on behalf of the People's Government of Guangdong Province and all residents across the province, would like to extend our sincerest Chinese New Year greetings and best wishes to all overseas Chinese, compatriots from Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, Taiwan regionand friends from all around the world.
The year 2023 was the first year to fully implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress,and a year of milestone significance for the reform and development of Guangdong.In this year, General Secretary of the CPC Xi Jinping conducted an inspection trip to Guangdong the fifth time after the 18th CPC National Congress,set a new target for the province to be a trailblazer on the Chinese path to modernization,and a new orientation for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to be developed as a strategic fulcrum of the country’s new development pattern,a demonstration zone of high-quality development,and a pioneer of Chinese modernization.His remarks greatly boost the confidence and resolution of the whole province to embark on a new journey.Over the past year, we have kept General Secretary Xi’s requirements in mind,and marched to the next stage with courage and energy to“reinvigorate a new Guangdong”,pushing ahead modernization construction vigorously to take on a new look.
It was a year when Guangdong gained continuous popularity home and abroad with more convenient exchanges in all aspects.We achieved a smooth transition in our COVID-19 response efforts.We witnessed an accelerated economic revival.The actual population in Guangdong has exceeded 150 million.Across the province,we can see streets are bustling with life,scenic spots are thronged with tourists and business rebounds as the consumption grows,all brimming with vigor and vitality.Overseas Chinese have been traveling more conveniently to homeland,immersing themselves into the joy of reunion with relatives and friends,and witnessing the great changes taken place in their hometowns.They have been found active in a range of fruitful major events such as China Overseas Chinese Investment (Guangdong) Conference,Overseas Chinese Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Conference,the Sixth World Hakka Entrepreneurs Convention, etc.
It was a year when high-quality development was driven by strong momentum and extraordinary vibrancy. CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and People’s Government of Guangdong Province jointly held the High-quality Development Conference in the beginning of the 2023 Chinese New Year, sending a distinct signal to getting down to hard work. Guangdong secured its top spot in total economic output value for the 35th consecutive year in China, resulting from its being the first province in the country with GDP exceeding a record 13 trillion yuan.The High-quality Development Project for Counties, Towns and Villages, the province’s No.1 project, has brought robust development in boosting rural economy. Rural revitalization through high-quality development is looking into a promising future.Guangdong has held its top spot in regional innovation capability in China for 7 years in a row.Guangdong continued to focus on manufacturing with full confidence. Industrial parks have been built and major projects are gathering momentum to boom.The new mobile phones made in Guangdong have become the most sought-aftertargets in the market.In China, one out of every four new energy vehicles is a product of Guangdong.
It was a year for further deepening reform and opening-up in an all-round way with resolve and solid efforts.The four cooperative platforms of Hengqin, Qianhai,Nansha and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Loop with distinct features have accelerated the cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao,and sped up the construction of the Greater Bay Area.Thanks to the implementation of the northbound travel program for Macao and Hong Kong vehicles and the "Fly from Hong Kong via Zhuhai" policy, the traffic volume of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge hit record highs.The Greater Bay Area has taken on a new look for accelerated integration and development.More and more people turn their eyes to the Greater Bay Area,settle down here and contribute their efforts.Canton Fair and the Global Investment Promotion Conference for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area were swarmed with business representatives and achieved fruitful results.For four consecutive years,Guangdong Province ranked first in China in business environment with the number of business entities of varied types exceeding 18 million.Guangdong is opening its doors wider while embracing the world.
It was a year when the authorities spared no efforts to enhance people’s well-being and the life quality of the residents province-wide was significantly improved.The 350-km/h Guangzhou-Shanwei-Shantou High-speed Railway shortens the commute time between Guangzhou and Shantou to 1.5 hours,expediting eastern Guangdong’s merging into the“GBA one-hour traffic circle”.Airplanes, high-speed trains, expressways and water transport link up cities across Guangdong and connect them with the rest of the world. Elderly nursing homes, canteens for seniors,affordable nursery care services and public kindergartens ramp up support for elderly care and childcare.Medical services on credit make it easier for patients to see a doctor.Guangzhou Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen Art Museum and other cultural landmarks opened to the public one after another.Chaoshan Yingge Dance and the GBA Dragon Boat Race became a hit.Taking a stroll across Guangdong,people will find the place is green and lush,where human and nature coexist in harmony.
This year 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.We will fully implement the spirit of the 20th CPC National Congress and the guidelines of the keynote speech and instructions given by General Secretary Xi Jinping during his visit to Guangdong.According to the “1310” strategic plan of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee,the province will strive to march at the forefront in the path to modernization with Chinese characteristics.We’ll further strengthen our advantage in overseas Chinese affairs,continue to enhance ties with overseas compatriots,encourage them to serve as a bridge for exchanges between China and the world,so as to boost high-standard opening-up.Hereby,I sincerely welcome compatriots and friends to pay a visit to Guangdong,to share development opportunities,to build our beautiful homeland together,and to work with joint efforts to create a better future.
May our country enjoy prosperity and our people live in harmony.
Wish our compatriots, residents and friends a happy and auspicious Year of the Dragon!