Guangdong Governor Lu Ruihua said yesterday that restructuring the province's economy, cracking down on corruption and increasing environmental protection would be the top priorities over the next five years. Delivering his annual work report at the opening of the Guangdong People's Congress yesterday morning, Mr Lu said the Government had identified areas for improvement and would focus on them in the coming years. They included the sluggish development of the service industry and agriculture; state enterprise reform; bad debts incurred by illegal financial institutions; disparities between the affluent Pearl River Delta and the mountainous northern Guangdong; and corruption among government officials. Mr Lu also highlighted the need to improve the water quality in the province, as well as maintain law and order. Despite the uphill tasks faced by the provincial Government, Mr Lu said it had managed to solve several major problems. 'The first phase of restructuring and the revival of the state enterprises has been completed,' he said. Repayments to depositors burned in dealings with various financial institutions had also been carried out, Mr Lu said in his 32-page report. Over the past few years, the province has been beset by protests staged by disgruntled depositors who put their money into financial institutions shut down by the Government. Mr Lu said the restructuring of state enterprises in Guangdong by grouping them under an umbrella company had also been completed. While the province had managed growth of 10.5 per cent in Gross Domestic Product last year, he said this year's target would be nine per cent. He stressed that Guangdong would increase efforts to clean up its polluted rivers, especially protecting the sources of drinking water. Vowing to step up reforms such as abolishing the monopolies in public utilities enjoyed by state enterprises, Mr Lu did not directly refer to the crackdown on a multibillion-yuan tax evasion racket in Shantou. The central Government has sent a special force to clamp down on tax evasion in the eastern Guangdong city. Yesterday, Mr Lu only said the provincial Government would clamp down on illegal activities such as triad organisations, smuggling, counterfeiting, and tax evasion. He also said the province would spare no effort in cracking down on the Falun Gong sect.