Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality
2024-02-01  |  

Delivered at the Second Session of the Sixteenth Beijing Municipal

People's Congress on January 21, 2024

Yin Yong, Mayor of Beijing

Fellow Deputies,

On behalf of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality, I will now report to you on the work of the government for your deliberation and approval. I also invite comments from members of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Review of Work During 2023

The year 2023 was the first to see the implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress on all fronts and a year for economic recovery following three years of COVID-19 control. During 2023, General Secretary Xi Jinping visited the people affected by the July flash flood in Mentougou District and gave instructions on post-disaster reconstruction. He presided over the Meeting on Promoting the Coordinated Development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and made important observations. Additionally, he delivered a video message at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) and sent congratulatory messages to the Zhongguancun Forum and the Beijing Culture Forum. His instructions and comments have provided a clear direction for the development of Beijing, especially in its role as China's capital in the new era, and have established the fundamental principles that must be respected. His guidance has greatly motivated all of us in Beijing, creating a resolute force propelling us forward on this new journey and empowering us to achieve even greater success in the new era.

Over the past year, we have been working under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, and the direct leadership of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee. We have also received support and supervision from the Beijing Municipal People's Congress and its Standing Committee. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we have based all our actions on the guiding principles established at the 20th CPC National Congress and the Second Plenary Session of the 20th CPC Central Committee. In line with General Secretary Xi Jinping's instructions on Beijing's development, we have thoroughly implemented the CPC Central Committee's decisions and plans. With a focus on strengthening Beijing's position as the "four centers" and improving our ability to deliver "four services", we have incorporated the Five Key Initiatives into the new development dynamic and ensured both development and security. We have worked hard to boost confidence, foster innovation, optimize functions, and improve coordination to provide our citizens with better governance and a higher quality of life. These efforts have led to a sound economic recovery and social stability in spite of the multiple challenges we faced. We have made further progress in the city's endeavors on all fronts and fulfilled the objectives outlined at the first session of the 16th Municipal People's Congress. In 2023, the city's Gross Regional Product (GRP) grew by 5.2 percent from the previous year to around CNY 4.4 trillion. General public budget revenue increased by 8.2 percent, exceeding CNY 600 billion. Surveyed urban unemployment rate was 4.4 percent and overall consumer prices remained stable. Personal incomes grew in step with economic growth. Per capita GRP and labor productivity measured by output per worker were the highest among provincial-level jurisdictions in China, while energy and water consumption per CNY 10,000 of GRP were the lowest.


[1] The "four centers" refers to the national political center, cultural center, center for international exchanges, and center for scientific discovery and technological innovation.

[2] The "four services" refers to services for the central authorities, for international exchanges, for science, technology and education, and for the betterment of people's lives.

[3] The "Five Key Initiatives" refers to building Beijing into an international center for innovation; making progress in building the "two zones"; developing the digital economy; stimulating and creating new demand through supply-side structural reform; and making greater headway with Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development through relocation of functions non-essential to the role of the capital.