Comrades and friends,

The 2009 New Year Bell will be rung soon in all parts of Hunan Province. On this special occasion of the New Year, we will bid farewell to 2008 and usher in the promising year of 2009. Please allow me, on behalf of the Hunan People's Government to extend new year greetings and best wishes to all of the hard-working workers, farmers, intellectuals, cadres and people from all walks of life in Hunan; to officers and men of the People's Liberation Army, the armed police and the public security police in Hunan; to retired cadres, the democratic parties, federations of industry and commerce, prominent figures without political party affiliation, and mass organizations; to our compatriots in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao and in Taiwan as well as overseas Chinese nationals, and to our foreign friends who show concerns about and support for the social-economic development of Hunan Province. Wish all of you a happy new year!


2008 is an unusual year. We have had impressive experiences and made hard-earned progresses. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, Hunan People of all ethnic groups have resolutely carried out the policy decisions and plans of Hunan Provincial CPC Committee, and have successfully overcome the great difficulties of freezing rain and snow catastrophes, energy and power shortage, the severe challenges brought about by the international financial crisis and so on. We have vigorously implemented the strategy of 'New Industrialization and Three Basics', persistently deepened the reform and opening-up in Hunan, substantially pushed forward the comprehensive pilot area construction of Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan Urban Complex for 'Two-Oriented' Society, and have strengthened the key social project construction for the further improvement of people's well being. The overall economic situation thus gradually improved, with the GDP ascending to a record of over one trillion RMB, maintaining a good momentum of economic growth, improved industrial structure, higher living standard and harmonious development.


Looking forward to the year of 2009, we are facing both unprecedented challenges and opportunities. We must correctly judge the situations, actively cope with the challenges and increase our confidence in the future development. We must, based on the policy decisions and plans of the CPC Central Party Committee and the State Council, strictly abide by the requirements of the Scientific Outlook on Development, continue to keep the steady, sound and fast economic growth as the primary task, adhere to developing in a scientific fashion, continue with the reform and opening up, as well as the strategy of 'New Industrialization and Three Basics' under the correct leadership of Hunan Provincial CPC Committee. We must orient our work to the improvement of people's well-being, vigorously pool all efforts and seize good opportunities for development in a pioneering spirit to ensure sound and fast development of Hunan economy. Comrades and friends, let us work confidently and diligently for a better achievement in the historic drive of strengthening Hunan and making people rich, and serve it as a tribute to the coming 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.


At last, I wish all the Hunan people and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!


Hunan Governor,Zhou Qiang

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