As the world's largest province with more than 100 million people, Henan has made great progress in its opening-up affairs in recent years. During the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, the average annual increase rate of both imports and exports was 32.9%. In 2016, the total imports and exports of the province reached 471.47 billion and ranked the first place in the central and western regions of the country. Henan has becoming one of the most active provinces in the open economy under China’s new normal, and the traditional hinterland is becoming the forefront of reform and opening-up. At present, Henan has entered into the new era of development of mutual openness with numbers of global enterprises from the inside and numbers of world’s top 500 companies from the outside. Under the new historical situation, it is an objective need to encourage the world know better about Henan, understand it and take further cooperation with it. In order to implement the strategic plan of “turning Henan into the inland openness center”, expand its international influence in opening-up intercourse, and exhibit its aspects of open, developing and profound to the world, Henan Academy of Social Sciences organized professors in relevant areas writing the book of Annual Report on Development of Henan (2017), and it was republished by Social Sciences Academic Press. This book mainly consists of 12 special reports about Henan, including the fields of opening-up, economy, industry, finance, technological innovation, tourism, urban, agriculture and rural area, society, culture, rule of law, and Zhongyuan Bank Co., Ltd. This book analyzed the development trend and hotspot issues of the fields above happened between 2012 and 2016 with more than 200 thousand words, which presents a full and accurate literature for the foreign business and academia know well about the past 5 years’ development and the future trends of Henan. Through this book, the English-speaking countries will realize that Henan is a great place with real and sustainable development, with energy and vitality, with important contribution to Chinese history, with openness and inclusiveness and responsibility. This is the origin point of this book and is the earnest desire of us.
The compilation and publication of Annual Report on Development of Henan (2017) has gained lots of concerns and supports from the provincial government and the community. Thanks for the long time concern, support and help. Additionally, Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology has made great effort in translation, which contribute a lot for the publication. Here, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the translation team!
After the first publication of Annual Report on Development of Henan (2016) in 2016, this book is the second one, there must be some improprieties in it, and welcome any comments and suggestions form the readers both at home and abroad.
EDITOR--IN--CHIEF/WEI YIMING ZHANG ZHANCANG VICE EDIOR/ZHOU LI YUAN KAISHENG WANGCHENGZHE