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Huzhou steps up efforts in seeking common prosperity

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: November 24, 2021 L M S


A view of Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: huzhoufabu]

Huzhou in East China's Zhejiang province recently rolled out an action plan to promote common prosperity in the city.

According to the plan, the city will optimize services in such fields as healthcare, education, employment, logistics and agriculture.

As for healthcare, it has increased the annual reimbursement quota for urban and rural residents with chronic diseases from the city by 600 yuan and expanded the redemption scale to all designated pharmacies.

The local government will roll out 10,000 job occupancies and cultivate 10,000 skilled talents annually.

In addition, it plans to construct 100 farms to facilitate the sustained growth of farmers' incomes and collective incomes at the village level.

By 2025, more than 360 express delivery service stations will be built in Huzhou's rural areas to support over 150,000 e-commerce enterprises.

Huzhou has been included a national program for urban-rural integrated development and designated a pilot zone that would seek to narrow the gap between urban and rural areas as part of Zhejiang’s drive to become a national demonstration zone for common prosperity.

Official data show that Huzhou's gross domestic product recorded a year-on-year uptick of 11.8 percent in the first three quarters of this year, with the growth rate being the second highest in Zhejiang.

The income ratio between urban and rural residents in the city stood at 1.59 during the period, making it one of the regions the smallest urban-rural income gaps in China.