Jing'an generated the highest tax revenue among districts
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2022
Although Q1 began well, Q2 experienced a steep decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there was a fast recovery in Q3 thanks to the stimulus package. Jing'an District achieved nearly 27.94 billion yuan (US$4.12 billion) in general public budget revenue last year, up 0.34 percent from a year earlier. Its tax revenue of foreign-related business amounted to 44.78 billion yuan, ranking it first among all downtown districts.
Its total retail sales of consumer goods, estimated at 150 billion yuan, would also rank first among downtown districts. With the addition of 20 regional headquarters for multinational companies, Jing'an now has 112 regional headquarters. Last year, these 112 regional headquarters paid taxes totaling 14.78 billion yuan, which is 13.78 percent more than the year before.
Across the district, 82 office buildings and commercial complexes had each reported over 100 million yuan in tax revenue for the year, and 200 key office buildings and commercial complexes had reported 60.65 billion yuan in tax.
In light of municipal guidelines, the district has drawn up policies aimed at helping businesses better cope with the ravages of the pandemic. Over the year, tax exemption, deduction and refund totaled 11.48 billion yuan, the highest annual figure in the past three years.
Meanwhile, the district's state-owned enterprises had waived rentals totaling 566 million yuan, benefiting 2,590 private businesses. To help restaurateurs, retailers and conference sponsors tide over the difficulties, 2.027 billion yuan in loans had been extended to them.
In a major inspection aimed at better identifying those enterprises worst hit by the pandemic, a total of 12,307 businesses have been visited, with dedicated personnel assigned to help beleaguered enterprises stay afloat.
COVID-19 fight and security work
In the face of a worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the district government has done everything possible to leverage the limited resources available to provide for pandemic-related work such as PCR testing, medical assistance, contact tracing, quarantine and the provision of daily necessities, laying a solid foundation for winning the fight.
During the lockdown period, a total of 23 makeshift hospitals, two designated hospitals, 15,000 hospital beds and 5,600 rooms for quarantine had been put into use. Some 4.76 million packages of daily goods had been distributed to households in the district in nine batches. Over one million visits had been paid to the elderly living alone, or senior residents.
As part of a three-year production security rectification campaign, inspections and rectifications were conducted in such vital sectors as construction, self-built houses, transportation, natural gas, food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. A total of 8,032 issues had been identified, with follow-up rectification reviews.
Fire-fighting facilities in 30 old communities had been upgraded, and charging facilities for electric bikes were newly provided in 173 old communities.
Breakthroughs in urban management
Four city-level "Beautiful Streets" had been set up, with three roads identified as "well managed" in light of high standards of hygiene. The public space along the two banks of the Suzhou Creek kept improving. A total of 28 roads had been renovated and 14 kilometers of overhead wire had been moved underground. About 86,700 square meters of greenery had been created and 2.9 kilometers of dedicated walking lanes had been newly added. To reduce daily garbage, a total of 372 tons of kitchen waste were disposed of on an average day.
There has been steady progress in the systematic renovation of old communities. In the "beautiful hometown" project, a total of 500,000 square meters of old communities have been upgraded and the number of elevators newly installed in old communities ranked first among all downtown districts.
There had been an all-out effort to ensure stable employment, with a total of 43 million yuan in subsidies provided to various enterprises. Personalized help was also extended to all college graduates with local household registration.
The establishment of two dedicated educational groups, Fenghua Primary School and Daning International Primary School, was a sign of coordinated social development and deepening educational reforms. A good 58.4 percent of kindergartens also have nurseries in tandem.
Relevant policies on reducing school burdens have been effectively implemented, and online and offline teaching were well coordinated during the pandemic. There have been a host of activities sponsored to publicize the "Red" culture, among them activities marking the centenary of the second Party congress and the birth of the first Party constitution.
Fulfillment of government functions
In light of building a conservation-oriented society and cutting down on unnecessary costs, the government has achieved savings in expenditures totaling 3.557 million yuan to better prioritize essential needs in the public sector and residents' lives.
Additionally, efforts have been made to address recommendations put forward by district lawmakers and political advisers, with 83.2 percent of the lawmakers' submissions and 94.8 percent of the advisers' suggestions being addressed.
Goals in 2023
The district governments has decided on ten projects deemed particularly relevant to the improvement of residents' lives in 2023.
1. As part of the "Beautiful Hometown" initiative, 800,000 square meters of old communities will be upgraded, and 500 elevators will be installed in old, multi-story apartments that were previously not equipped with elevators. The sewage system will also be upgraded, and overhead wire will go underground.
2. About 56,000 square meters of public greenery and 2 kilometers of dedicated pedestrian lanes will be added. About 17 roads will be upgraded or repaired, with significant improvements to sections of roads where water tends to collect.
3. Fire-fighting infrastructure will be improved in 15 high-rise apartments, and security campaigns will be launched in select residential and commercial communities. Smart locks will be installed in 20 gated communities or maintained on a routine basis in communities where smart systems are already in place. Charging stations will be renovated in 80 residential communities.
4. There will be an addition of 475 beds for elderly care, and two community canteens for senior residents. About 500 households will undergo adaptations for the needs of the senior occupants. Meanwhile, 400 eligible households will also undergo renovations for the handicapped.
5. Help will be provided to 620 young people who have been jobless for extended periods, and technical training will be given to 500 people in a new format of apprenticeships.
6. An effort will be made to proceed with the construction of Daning International School (the primary section), and attention will be paid to the provision of nursery services. Forty social care centers will be set up to meet the needs of primary school students during the summer holidays.
7. Efforts will be made to proceed with the high-quality development of four public medical centers focused on TCM, and two exemplary rehabilitation centers will be launched to facilitate rehabilitation services at the doorstep. Six large, free medical consulting sessions will be sponsored to help extend the availability of premium medical resources.
8. In the drive to help foster literacy about the history of heritage buildings, a cultural map will be drawn up that focuses on the bridges and landmarks in the Suhe Bay area, followed by a publicity blitz about select mini-tour lines designed to explore the banks of the Suzhou Creek.
9. In pursuing the objective of building a 15-minute sports and life circle, one new civic fitness center will be created. Six jogging lanes will be created, and four renovated. Two public sports fields will be renovated. District stadiums, particularly swimming pools, badminton courts, and table tennis facilities, will be made available to 150,000 residents at reduced prices.
10. To spruce up the appearance of wet markets, two markets will be standardized. A total of 45 dining places frequented by office workers will be improved in terms of quality and services, and two will be adjusted.
Lawmaker Du Linlin: With the surge in the number of junior and senior high school students expected soon, this would place a high demand on the faculty, and it is hoped that the district commission and government would pay the highest attention to the nurturing of the talent pool regarding teachers.
Lawmaker Shao Liming: The district government should make more effort and come up with more concrete measures to attract investment, with a view to having more business resources deployed in Shanghai in general, and Jing'an District in particular. Attention should be paid to enterprises that play a pivotal role in the digital economy, so as to gain first mover advantage.
Lawmaker Chen Jiahui: In order to promote quality economic development, a series of incentives could be created to stimulate consumption and rebuild market confidence. At the same time, the digital transition in the economy should go deeper and stronger, so that it is of a scale that is globally competitive.
Political adviser Wang Ting: In this fast-changing era, various governments, in their effort to foster a better investment environment, should also focus on raising their own ability to empathize so that they could better read business sentiments and would be able to do more to instil confidence in businesses to help them tide over their difficulties.