Beijing has mapped out an ambitious 15-year development plan for itself as a 'modernised international mega-city', projecting 10.6 per cent economic growth before 2000 and 9 per cent before 2010. 'Beijing's comprehensive economic strength is expected to catch up with those of the capitals of the medium-developed countries in the next 15 years,' Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported yesterday, quoting a project report sponsored by the municipal government. The city's GDP projection is higher than the national one of about 7-8 per cent. Xinhua said the report covered some strategic questions on Beijing's development, including its status, functions, direction of economic development, developmental background, goals and principles of development and the sectors to be given priority. It said Beijing would focus on such sectors as high-technology and service industries, the upgrading of pillar industries, infrastructure and suburban agriculture. It said the capital's service sector over the next 15 years was expected to develop faster than any other industry, with an annual growth rate of 11.4 per cent in the 1996-2000 period and 9.4 per cent in the 2000-2010 period. By 2010, service industry would account for more than 60 per cent of the city's GDP, the report said. By 2000, per capita GDP in Beijing reach 19,800 yuan (about HK$18,394) and by 2010 the figure would reach 43,600 yuan. The report expected a 50 per cent increase in average annual income for both urban and rural residents.