Weifang, Fuzhou, Yulin…The carry rule for urban “grade jumpers”

2022-06-17 0 By

Shi Bingbing, a tuyere financial reporter, has a long history, and the case of the city always brings us a lot of enlightenment and thinking.Last year marked the beginning of the 14th Five-year Plan, a new starting point for major cities.A few low-key but strong cities burst into view.Among them, resource-based cities such as Yulin, Ordos and Baotou saw their economies grow significantly last year, rising more than 10 places in the rankings.There are also dark horses like Fuzhou, which have historically surpassed Quanzhou, the highest economic aggregate in Fujian Province. There are more cities like Weifang, which have skipped over 600 billion yuan and smoothly entered the reserve echelon of the “trillion club”.Time has changed, in today’s high-quality development proposition, the spotlight will never miss every city making great efforts.The stories of these powerful cities, though different, are worth thinking about.Weifang: Grown into 9.38 million Weifang people want to look like 2021, is the year of comprehensive outbreak of Weifang, the attention to the city, from the major media coverage can be seen.In the past, the media looked at Shandong, often focused on the three cities, and now Weifang came to the spotlight, cultural and financial observer Qin Shuo in Weifang after the investigation, called it “China’s modern Weifang sample”;Weifang local media confidently shouted, “Weifang has grown into the appearance that 9.38 million Weifang people want”.Weifang is eager to get ahead.At the beginning of last year, weifang’s key work breakthrough and service enterprise development mobilization conference put forward the “one, two and three” goals, “the gross regional product over one trillion yuan, into the second-tier cities in China, sprint to the national large and medium-sized city comprehensive strength of 30.”The city does what it says.In 2021, Weifang’s GDP ranking will rise by 4 places, and it will be in the same echelon with Shenyang, Changchun, Xiamen, Wenzhou and Dalian, getting closer and closer to the goal of “One, two and three”.If we know that the four cities weifang surpassed are shijiazhuang, the provincial capital city, and Yancheng, Yangzhou and Shaoxing, which have similar strength in the Yangtze River Delta, then we can understand how commendable Weifang can achieve such a result.In 2021, weifang’s GDP will increase from 587.22 billion yuan in 2020 to 701.06 billion yuan.Such a development trend is rarely seen in the whole country.According to relevant statistics, of the 35 cities whose GDP exceeded 500 billion yuan to 700 billion yuan, only 2 cities took one year, namely Hangzhou and Weifang.Hangzhou is the provincial capital city, and Weifang is just an ordinary prefectural city, Hangzhou back on the Yangtze River Delta economic development all the way high, in comparison, Weifang’s body appears “thin” many.Weifang is not a city that grew up with a silver spoon in its mouth, so weifang has been firmly laying a solid foundation, and the proportion of manufacturing in GDP has been stable at more than 30% for a long time.Last year, the operating revenue of weifang’s industries above designated size reached 1,092.91 billion yuan, up 21.7 percent.By the end of 2021, Weifang has cultivated 17 national individual champion enterprises (products).Provincial manufacturing single champion enterprises (products) 83, continue to maintain the first place in the province.Weifang is also one of the few cities in Shandong and even the whole country where industry and agriculture go hand in hand.In 2020, the total agricultural output value of Weifang exceeded 100 billion yuan for the first time, accounting for about one tenth of the total amount of Shandong province. The only comprehensive experimental zone of national opening up featuring agriculture was settled in Weifang.The Modern Agricultural Research Institute of Peking University, jointly established by Shandong Province and Peking University, is located in Weifang to accelerate the transformation of scientific and technological achievements and build a “Silicon Valley” of modern agricultural science and technology and talents in Weifang.From the general public budget revenue, Weifang performance is more outstanding.In 2021, weifang’s general public budget revenue entered the top ten in China, totaling 65.69 billion yuan, ranking the top three in Shandong province for the first time in 22 years, with a year-on-year growth of 14.5%, which is a strong manifestation of weifang’s high-quality development.Weifang’s “growth model” is also difficult to find a reference template in other cities in Shandong, but this shows that the matter is man-made, weifang out of a “Weifang road”.Fuzhou: for this moment, efforts for 22 years weifang’s achievements are obvious to all, in the south, there is also a quietly become powerful city.Less famous than Xiamen and less economically than Quanzhou, Fuzhou was once considered the most “depressed” capital city.Last year, Fuzhou historically surpassed Quanzhou, the province’s largest economy, ranking first in GDP.As the capital of Fujian province, Fuzhou has been striving for this moment for 22 years.Looking at China’s overall market, Fuzhou ranked the bottom of the reserve cities with a trillion YUAN GDP in 2020, surpassing Xi ‘an, Nantong and Quanzhou, rising 3 places, and becoming the city with the largest rise in the rank among the trillion cities.By sorting out The GDP of Fuzhou, we can see the road of fuzhou’s progress: From 2010 to 2020, the GDP scale of Fuzhou increased from 312.3 billion yuan to 1002.002 billion yuan, with a 10-year growth rate of 220.8%, making It the fastest growing city in China after Guiyang and Hefei.In the five years from 2017 to 2021, the GDP scale of Fuzhou increased from 710.402 billion yuan to 1132.448 billion yuan.In 2019, Fuzhou directly crossed the 800 billion echelon, reaching 939.23 billion yuan.As the ancients said, “The weather, the geographical position, and the people”, the favorable policy is a key factor for Fuzhou to carry.In 2021, Fujian province clearly proposed the strategy of “strengthening the provincial capital” and “strengthening the gateway”. With this as a support, Fujian further defined fuzhou as a national central city.Just last year, fuzhou metropolitan area development plan was officially approved, which is of great significance to enhance the influence of Fuzhou capital city, play the role of the core engine of the central city, and promote the coordinated development of Fuzhou and surrounding cities.In front of the chase in fuzhou, quanzhou can keep 22 years in a row the advantages of true not easy, but times have changed, in today’s high quality development, under the proposition of quanzhou also showed some development bottleneck: economic growth is clearly slowing, traditional manufacturing industry affected by the epidemic, due to many industry in quanzhou at the county level, the county economy lack of new high-end manufacturing.It can be seen that fuzhou achieved a historic breakthrough, thanks to its own hard work, but also due to the obvious slowdown in the growth of competitors, and more due to the tilt and help of policies.But in any case, the city of Fuzhou should be remembered.Resource-based cities: Only transformation can go through the cycle. Weifang and Fuzhou are the epitome of the cases of cities with thick accumulation and slow development. A detailed study of the “growth mode” of these cities is not the same, but the experience is worthy of reference.In addition, in these strong cities, such as Yulin, Ordos, Baotou and other resource-based cities, last year’s economy has made great progress, the ranking rose by more than 10 places.The development direction of these resource-based cities is more worthy of our consideration than the case of thick-accumulated cities.Yulin, for example, saw its GDP ranking soar 11 places in 2021, mainly due to rising energy prices.Last year, Yulin’s GDP was 543.518 billion yuan, up 134.552 billion yuan from 408.966 billion yuan in 2020, with a nominal growth rate of 32.90 percent, surpassing Harbin, Taiyuan and other provincial capitals.But in terms of investment and consumption, Yulin has performed poorly.In 2021, yulin’s fixed asset investment decreased by 13.5% compared with the previous year, investment in key areas such as industry and infrastructure continued to shrink, and investment in real estate development increased by 19.1%.The city’s total retail sales of consumer goods totaled 70.325 billion yuan, with a year-on-year growth rate of only 7.5%.Yulin is not the only city with nominal GDP growth exceeding 30 per cent.Due to the rising prices of coal, oil, non-ferrous metals and other commodities, the GDP of Ordos, the largest city in Inner Mongolia, rose from 350 billion yuan to 470 billion yuan last year, with a 33% increase in nominal growth rate. Its per capita GDP rose from 24,000 DOLLARS in 2020 to 34,000 dollars, ranking first in China.In addition, coal prices continued to run high, shanxi changzhi, Luliang, Jincheng, nominal GDP growth of more than 30 percent.The main reason for these cities’ strong gains is tied to energy.But commodities are cyclical, and it remains to be seen whether the “surge” of these energy markets can be sustained in 2022.Abundant energy has made great contribution to the economic recovery and revitalization of a city. To a certain extent, it will also become a “resource trap” that inhibits regional development.For these resource-based cities, only transformation can go through the cycle.