1st LD-Writethru: Shanghai targets GDP growth at over 5.5 pct in 2023

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SHANGHAI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's financial hub Shanghai expects to notch a year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of over 5.5 percent this year, according to a government work report delivered by the city's mayor, Gong Zheng, on Wednesday.

For the second year in a row, Shanghai's GDP exceeded the four-trillion-yuan (about 590 billion U.S. dollars) threshold in 2022, according to the government work report delivered at the ongoing first session of the 16th Shanghai Municipal People's Congress.

Shanghai, at the forefront of China's reform and opening-up, recorded actual utilization of foreign investment totaling 103 billion U.S. dollars in the past five years, an increase of about 15.8 percent over the previous five years.

Shanghai's financial sector has also witnessed growth, with total financial markets transactions increasing from 1,428.4 trillion yuan in 2017 to nearly 3,000 trillion yuan in 2022.

Shanghai now is home to 891 regional headquarters of multinational corporations and 531 foreign R&D centers, according to the report.

The container throughput of the Shanghai Port exceeded 47.3 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2022, ranking first globally for 13 consecutive years.

The city aims to keep the surveyed urban unemployment rate within 5 percent, according to the report.

  Looking ahead, Gong said Shanghai will continue to promote the development of the digital economy, green and low-carbon industries, as well as metaverse and intelligent terminals. The metropolis will strengthen the capacity of the international financial centers in resource allocation, and deepen its roles as a global asset management center and an international reinsurance center.

  According to the government work report, to boost consumption, the city will strive to build itself into an international consumption center and further the development of first-store economy, night-time economy, and live-streaming economy. Enditem

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