(Yicai Global) Jan. 28 -- China's Guangdong aims to achieve economic growth of between 6 percent and 6.5 percent for this year, according to Ma Xingrui, governor of the southern province.
Guangdong, one of China's economic powerhouses, posted a 6.8 percent rise in gross domestic product to CNY9.73 trillion yuan (USD1.44 trillion) last year, Ma announced while delivering a government work report at the opening ceremony for the annual session of the provincial legislature.
The manufacturing hub ranked first nationally for imports and exports for a 33rd consecutive year in 2018. The province racked up CNY7.16 trillion in imports and exports, representing an all-time high.
China's provincial governments are in the process of setting economic growth targets for this year at their respective annual sessions ahead of March's National People's Congress. Authorities in Shanghai, China's largest city, are also aiming for GDP growth of between 6 percent and 6.5 percent in 2019.