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Foreign trade via Ningbo Port exceeding 200 billion dollars

The foreign trade via Ningbo Port has made a historical breakthrough, with the total exceeding 200 billion US dollars. On the afternoon of January 12, Xu Gaochun, Vice Secretary General of Ningbo Municipal Government, declared that in 2011, the import and export output through the port of Ningbo reaches 200.44 US dollars, increased by 24.2% over the previous year, making a historical new high. Of the total, the import is 76.69 billion US dollars, increased by 26%; the export 123.75 billion, increased by 23.1%.

In the last year, Ningbo further opened to the opening to the outside world. Related departments like the customs, the commodity inspection, marine affairs and so on further optimized the customs and inspection services.

In the meanwhile, Ningbo opened the regular container trains to Shangrao and Taizhou and promoted the reform of the customs and direct release services for exported commodities. In the last year, the efficiency for the customs clearance rose by 16.26% and 11.7%.

The port of Ningbo is becoming a very important one in China. "Compared with the port of Qingdao and the port of Shanghai, the port of Ningbo is most attractive for us," said Li Jingchen, General Manager of Qingdao Jilong International Logistic Company. In 2010, about 30% of the total export by the company is through the port of Ningbo. In the last year, the proportion rose to 80%.

The statistics of the General Administration of Customs show that the volume of import and export via the port of Ningbo covers 5.5% of the total of import and export of China, only next to Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Nanjing, Qingdao and Huangpu. In the import of such commodities as petroleum, iron ore, liquid chemicals, coal, wine and fruits, the port of Ningbo plays a very important role

Ecological construction in Beilun

With the progress of the ecological program, the environment of Beilun is improving, and the people are happier. An ecological green town is taking shape.

"The forest city program can raise the image of our city and it concerns the interest of the people," said Hua Wei, Vice Secretary of Beilun District Party Committee and Mayor of Beilun. He said that the district would put in more money, and take more measures so as to afforest our city." It is reported that at present Beilun has over 27,000 hectares of land for forestry and 20,000 hectares of forests. In recent years, Beilun has invested over 450 million yuan in the ecological construction. As a result, the forest coverage of the district reaches 48%, with the per capita area of public green land reaching 12,3 sq meters.

In order to turn the district into a national-level ecological area and improve the environment, in March 2010, Beilun District made the decision to start the "afforesting Beilun" program. According to the program, with two years' efforts, Beilun should be up to the standard as a provincial-level forest city, a modernized new city best for living with woods, mountains, rivers and lakes.

An important part of this program is Beilun Botanical Garden, a place of interest with such functions as recreation, ecological education and outdoor sports. With the investment totaling 163 million yuan, the garden is to cover an area of about 670 hectares. The construction of the infrastructural facilities is planned to complete in 2013 and the whole program is to complete in 2020.

It is reported that from 2011 on, the district will put in 3 billion yuan to afforest the city. With the efforts made in the coming 3 or 4 years, the district will increase 1,670 hectares of green land and have the forest coverage reaching 52.5%. In 2014, the city will basically have a "green network" of mountains, rivers and woods, for the benefit of the people in Beilun

Ninghai: Host of Tourist Day of China

At the recently held meeting of Zhejiang on tourism for 2012, Ninghai's being chosen as host of Tourist Day of China and the West Lake's being listed in the World Cultural Heritages were elected greatest events of the tourism of Zhejiang for 2011.

On April 10, 2011, the State Council set May 19, the date of the first note in Xu Xiake's Travel Notes, as Tourist Day of China.  On that first Tourist Day of China, the National Tourism Administration and Zhejiang Provincial Government held a ceremony for the festival and all the scenic spots in Ninghai opened for free to the public for three days.

The Tourist Day of China has notably promoted the tourism in Ninghai. In the last year, Ninghai county received 6,000,000 domestic tourists, 16.5% more than the previous year. The income from tourism totaled 620 million yuan, up by 17% over the same period of previous year.

Cixi wins Innovation Award of Local Governments

On January 8, at the awarding meeting on the 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments, Cixi won the 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments for its program of integrated social management.

"The 6th Innovation Award of Local Governments" was co-organized by the Research Center of Government Innovation in Beijing University, the Comparative Political and Economic Research Center of the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau and the Comparative Research Center of Political Parties of the World of the Party School of the CPC. Since March last year, the election program has attracted much concern of all circles. The Organizing Committee received 213 applications from the party and government institutions

Major projects start at the turn of the year in Ninghai County

Just before the New Year's Day, as the climax of Ninghai's "100-day tackling campaign", the 11 major projects started simultaneously with a total investment of 3.5 billion yuan.

The 11 projects are part of the focused job of Ninghai County, during the Spring Festival period, another 12 major projects will be launched with a total investment of 10 billion yuan. Upon completion, these projects will bring new impetus to Ninghai's economic and social development.

Song Wei, member of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Party Committee and Director of Ningbo Publicity Department, Vice-mayor Cheng Yuechong, and Wang Jiankang, Vice-chairman of Ningbo People’s Political Consultative Conference, attended the project-launching ceremony.

"This is an important practice in line with the requirements of the 'Three Thinks and Three Pursues' campaign and 'Six Speed-up' strategy. And it will promote the urbanization process, improve people's livelihood and accelerate Ninghai's construction of the national ecological county." commented a related official from Ningbo Party Committee and Ninghai Government.

It is reported that since September last year, the "100-day tackling campaign" for major projects has been launched by adopting the leader responsibility system in the county. A coordination committee was founded to guide the campaign, and all the major projects are carried out in a countdown manner to guarantee the achievement of the objectives on time. Statistics show that in 2011, the accumulated investment in the fixed assets in Ninghai County reached 10.22 billion yuan, up by 23.2% over the previous year

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