As bells ring all over the world to welcome 2012, Hunan is also embracing the new year with renewed confidence. On the joyful New Year's Day, the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, the Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People's Congress, the Hunan Provincial People's Government, the CPPCC Hunan Provincial Committee and the Hunan Provincial Military Command jointly extended New Year greetings to people of all ethnic groups, officers and men of the PLA forces stationed in Hunan, the armed police, migrant workers and domestic and overseas friends concerning and supporting the province's social and economic development.

2011, the first year of the country's 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), witnessed remarkable achievements for Hunan in social and economic undertakings. In the face of complicated economic situation, heavy floods, severe droughts and arduous tasks in maintaining reform, development

and stability, Hunan people persistently implemented the Scientific Outlook on Development and started implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan comprehensively. Under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, Hunan vigorously promoted new-type industrialization, new-type urbanization, agricultural modernization and informatization, and construction of the "Two-Oriented" Society (resource-saving and environment-friendly society) and strived to develop into a green, innovative, and digital province under the rule of law.

The province maintained the sound and relatively fast development momentum featuring optimized economic structure, better development benefits, improved people's livelihood and coordinated development, marking a good start for the 12th Five-Year program. The total economic output of the province last year came close to 2 trillion yuan including more than one trillion investment in fixed assets and above 200 billion yuan fiscal revenue. Several regional development planning schemes were approved by the State and many advantageous enterprises and industries got stronger. A batch of key projects commenced and completed within time. Livelihoods of citizens living in urban and rural areas also improved significantly.

The five-year plan drawn by Hunan government last year was encouraging. Based on the comprehensive review of glorious achievements in the 11th Five-Year Plan period, the 10th Hunan Provincial Congress of the CPC made proposals on accelerating construction of " Two-Oriented" Society and overall well-off society, formulated a general strategy of promoting new-type industrialization, new-type urbanization, agricultural modernization and informatization, and made general arrangements for forging green, innovative and digital Hunan under the rule of law. According to the outline provided for these strategies with focus on development of industries, regional development, construction of " Two-Oriented" Society and expansion of opening-up program, Hunan people have stood united in their initiative of realizing a new era and have set off a new upsurge of invigorating the province scientifically.

2012 is a year of profound significance in persistently implementing the 12th Five-Year Plan, practically carrying out the guidelines set by the 10th Hunan Provincial Congress of CPC and expecting the successful 18th CPC National Congress. However, the instability and uncertainty of the world economic recovery is on the rise. Hunan may face complicated economic situation and encounter a few difficulties and challenges this new year. With years of hard work and experience, Hunan people are now more self-assured in breaking these barriers, having a clearer understanding of the development trend with the overall situation in mind, grasping golden opportunities in volatile situations, creating favorable conditions in face of current difficulties and trapping potential for development in comparative advantages. We must reinforce self-assurance in making full use of advantages, avoiding disadvantages and turning challenges into opportunities.

Driven by new responsibilities and missions this year, the province will further implement the decisions made by the 17th CPC National Congress, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth plenary session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, the Central Economic Work Conference and the 10th Hunan Provincial Congress of CPC. We will continue to take scientific development as our main focus and acceleration of economic development pattern as a thread and steadfastly adhere to pursuing progress amid stability. In order to fulfill the task of speeding up construction of the " Two-Oriented" Society and overall well-off society, the new-type industrialization, new-type urbanization, agricultural modernization and informatization, and the construction of the "Two-Oriented" Society will be pressed ahead while highlighting steady growth, adjusting economic structure, expanding reform, improving people's well-being and enhancing harmony. Priorities will be given to stimulating demand for investment and consumption. Unremitting efforts must be made to do a good job relating to agriculture, rural areas and farmers. Practical work must be done to propel construction of the “Two-Oriented" Society and the coordinated development of rural and urban areas. Reform and opening-up will be deepened to ensure the improvement of people's well-being. Endeavors will be made to strengthen innovation of social management. The steady and relatively fast economic development and generally stable price level must be maintained to guarantee social harmony and stability and pave way for success of the 18th CPC National Congress.

History has witnessed Hunan people's indomitable will and persistence in seeking prosperity. The future waits for more glorious contributions to the country and human welfare. Let us support the CPC Central Committee lead by Secretary General Hu Jintao, hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and further implement the Scientific Outlook on Development under the guidance of the Deng Xiao-ping Theory and the Three Represents to create resplendent future with greatest confidence and enthusiasm.

We wish our people a happy new year!

The CPC Hunan Provincial Committee

The Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People's Congress

The Hunan Provincial People's Government

The CPPCC Hunan Provincial Committee

The Hunan Provincial Military Command

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