“The Outline of the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for Suzhou’s National Economic and Social Development and Suzhou’s Long-Range Objectives through the Year 2035” was deliberated and approved by the Fifth Session of the Sixteenth Suzhou Municipal People’s Congress on January 22nd, 2021 and was released in full via the website of Suzhou Municipal People’s Government on March 10.
“The Outline of the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for Suzhou’s National Economic and Social Development and Suzhou’s Long-Range Objectives through the Year 2035” is both a road map and a timetable to guarantee an integrated implementation of the national and provincial requests. It embodies Chinese characteristics, Jiangsu features and Suzhou traits. It is substantial in contents and highly inspiring.
Formulated in accordance with “The CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee’s Proposals on Planning Suzhou’s National Economic and Social Development and Long-Range Objectives through the Year 2035,” “The Outline of the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for Suzhou’s National Economic and Social Development and Suzhou’s Long-Range Objectives through the Year 2035” offers a systematical review of the development guidelines, main targets, key measures and policy guidance for the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan period.
The Outline takes a broad view of the achievement of aims of socialist modernization, which makes it the guiding principle for the municipal government to perform its legislative duties and the programme of action for Suzhou people to work towards and realize the common goals.
The chapters in The Outline are as follows:
--Strive for Achievements Initiate the new journey of constructing socialist modernization.
--Stay Focused and Take Solid Actions Chart the course for Suzhou to develop into a modern socialist city with strong competitiveness.
--Pursue Innovation-Driven Development Pioneer innovations in science, technology and industries.
--Cling to Industry Cultivate new strengths for Suzhou to develop into a city with strong modern industries.
--Cooperate with Due Division of Labour Build Suzhou into a core city to serve the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta.
--Coordinate Supply and Demand Guide and serve the construction of new development paradigm.
--Further and Deepen Opening up Create a new prospect for win-win cooperation.
--Focus on Quality Development Highlight Suzhou’s image as an internationalized megalopolis.
--Value Balance and Order Set Suzhou as an example for integrated development of urban and rural areas in the new era.
--Highlight the Appeal Build Suzhou into a civilized city advocating virtues and appreciating goodness.
--Promote the Green and Low-Carbon Growth Enhance the harmonious co-existence between humanity and nature.
--Improve People’s Welfare Create a warm and happy home for Suzhou people.
--Conduct Integrated Reform Invest new vigor into social and economic growth.
--Ensure Rule of Law and Security Further the modernization of the capacity of the city governance system.
--Be of One Mind Integrate planning and implementation efforts.
During the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan period, Suzhou should accelerate the efforts to build herself into a modern powerful socialist city with a globalized and future-oriented vision. Suzhou’s plan centres around a high-quality development, attaching great importance to the deepening of supply-side structural reform which is to be achieved via effective demand-side management. Taking reform and innovation as its major driving forces, the plan dedicates to the exploration of new development strengths. The plan intends to achieve its basic goal of meeting people’s ever-growing demands for a better life by a high-quality economy, a high-standard living, appealing cityscape, and efficient governance. Thus, Suzhou will acquire a new image of a modern powerful socialist city, featuring competence, affluence, beauty and efficiency.
By 2035, Suzhou will have attained an accelerated full-scale growth, characteristic of a strong economy, well-off people, beautiful environment and highly civilized society. The objective of striving to be a model city, a showcase and a pioneer should be realized as planned. Suzhou will basically become an innovative city, an open city, a humane city, an eco-city, a livable city and a well-governed city. By then, Suzhou will develop into a modern powerful socialist city with competence, affluence, beauty and efficiency, a national historically and culturally renowned city, a popular tourist destination and a central city in the Yangtze River Delta. Thus, the city can make positive contributions to the construction of the world-class city cluster.
By 2035, Suzhou will double her 2010 GRP per capita. The increase in people’s income will keep pace with the city’s economic growth. The per capita income and consumption capacity will reach the levels of developed nations. The city’s comprehensive economic strength will enable her to be one of the most developed cities in the world. Suzhou’s soft strengths, urban function level and core competitiveness will be comprehensively updated as well.