BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's industrial value-added output will grow by 11 percent this year and next, despite uncertainties including global economic turmoil, weak outbound demand and high inflation, a senior official said Wednesday.
"The country will continue its efforts to promote economic restructuring and energy-saving and emission reduction plans, which may potentially slow industrial output growth over the rest of the year," Xiao Chunquan, deputy director of the Performance Inspection and Coordination Bureau of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said at a press conference.
"But the country will meet its full-year target of 11-percent output growth set at the beginning of 2011," Xiao said.
During the first three quarters of this year, the country's industrial value-added output increased 14.2 percent year-on-year, down 0.1 percentage point from the growth in the first half of this year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Industrial value-added output measures the final results of industrial production, which is the value of gross industrial output minus intermediate inputs, such as raw materials and labor costs.
Some small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially micro-sized companies, have faced difficulties such as limited access to bank lending, excessive increases in raw material prices, rising labor costs and heavy tax burdens, said Zheng Xin, deputy director of the ministry's SMEs division, at the same press conference.
The country has introduced a string of measures to tide SMEs over current difficulties, including tax breaks and stronger financial support.
China's banking regulator said on Tuesday that commercial banks must ensure the growth of loans extended to small firms is not slower than that for average lending, and ensure that they support borrowers with loans of less than five million yuan ($781,250).
Zheng said the operations of the country's small- and micro-sized firms remain stable, citing a survey on such firms in 13 provinces, which was conducted by central government departments.
Similarly, Sheng Laiyun, spokesman of the NBS, said last week that small and micro-sized firms were experiencing a slowdown in business expansion and decreasing business revenues, but their performances were "generally normal."
"The ministry will create sound business environment, help small firms enhance their ability to self-innovate and explore overseas markets," Zheng said.
SMEs play a crucial role in China's economy as they account for nearly 80 percent of the country's urban employment.