China to collect more accurate investment data

Beijing, June 3 (IANS) China will start a pilot reform of data collection relating to fixed asset investment in 2013, so as to make economic statistics more reliable, the China Business News reported Monday.

The first pilots will be conducted in Jincheng of Shanxi province, Xi’an of Shaanxi province, Wuxi of Jiangsu province and Qiandongnan of Guizhou province, said Ma Jiantang, director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), without specifying when they will begin.

The NBS plans to better monitor the data source to reveal trustworthy figures that can not be manipulated by local governments, reported Xinhua.

Statistics showed that the average annual growth rate of fixed asset investment stood at 21.7 percent from 2003 to 2011, 11 percentage points higher than that of gross domestic product (GDP).

In 2011, the country’s fixed asset investment totaled 31 trillion yuan ($5.02 trillion), hitting 65.9 percent of GDP, according to the NBS.

In 2011, the work quantity was valued at 19.36 trillion yuan while the construction industry realized an output of just 11.71 trillion yuan, the NBS said.

The problem remained unsolved in 2012, and even in the provinces of Guizhou, Gansu and Qinghai, fixed asset investment exceeded GDP.

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