Reform and Opening Up
New progress was made in the reform of key fields. The reform of government institutions was successfully completed. The adjustment and reform of administrative townships in the 6 counties along the Anning River Valley were advanced in an orderly way, and the number of townships decreased by 39 percent. The reform to delegate power, streamline administration and optimize government services was further advanced. The time to open an enterprise was shortened within 3 days, and 99.8 percent of administrative service items could be done by “running once at most”. The supply-sided reform kept deepening. Two “zombie enterprises” were dealt with. The direct financing tripled, reducing the burden of enterprises a burden by 4.3 billion yuan. The building of industrial demonstration zones of the provincial hydropower absorption was approved, reducing the burden of electricity use of the whole society by 90 million yuan. The deployment of the state-owned capital at the prefectural level kept optimizing, and the structure of the state-owned corporate governance improved gradually. The rights confirmation of rural contracted land was fully completed, and Xichang was listed for national pilot reform of rural collective property rights system. New breakthroughs were made in innovation and entrepreneurship. 179 key scientific and technological projects and commercialization demonstration projects of scientific and research findings were applied for implementation. 29 innovation incubation platforms, including academician expert workstations, were built. Pangang Group Xichang Steel Vanadium Co., Ltd. was the world’s first to create the technique of extracting vanadium from carbon dioxide. The revenue from the principal business of high and new technologies reached 32.46 billion yuan, an increase of 63.6 percent. The indexes for science and technology innovation level reached 48.5. The non-state sector of the economy released new vitality. 356 million yuan of arrears owed to private enterprises were cleared, and 23,100 new market entities were registered. The added value of non-state sector of the economy accounted for 51.2 percent of the GDP, increased by 0.4 percentage point year on year. New strides were made in opening up and cooperation. Major events were well organized, including Xichang Cultural Tourism Expo of Charming Cities in China, Daliangshan International Theatre Festival, and investment promotion in tourism and health care in Anning River Valleys, and paid-in investment of RMB 42.55 billion yuan was introduced from areas outside Liangshan. Xichang Qingshan Airport has opened 26 air routes in total with its handling capacity of passengers surpassing one million. The total volume of import and export trade reached 362 million yuan, beating the target set by the province.