Shanghai is expecting to double its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita by 2010 on the back of robust economic growth. The city's GDP per capita was expected to reach US$10,000 (HK$78,000) by the end of the decade, double this year's mark of US$5,000, He Qinghua, from the Shanghai Municipal Development Planning Commission, told the China Daily. Shanghai was on target to become the first mainland city to reach such a level of GDP per capita, according to another official from the commission. According to statistics, the national average is US$4,300. China ranked ninth among Asian countries and regions. Hong Kong ranked second with a GDP per capita of US$25,000 and Taiwan fifth with US$17,200 last year. Beijing's GDP per capita this year is US$3,000, according to state media. The central government has set a target of 9 to 11 per cent GDP growth every year until 2005. Mr He said the Shanghai government was confident the city would maintain its rapid growth, buoyed by successes such as gaining the right to host the 2010 World Expo. Mr He said the government would release a revised blueprint for Shanghai's development in the coming eight years by March. Shanghai Mayor Chen Liangyu said earlier that Shanghai GDP per capita would reach US$7,500 by 2007. Zhu Dajian, a scholar from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said Shanghai should pay more attention to environmental protection while striving for accelerating economic growth. 'According to Shanghai's current situation, the environment is, relatively, its weakest aspect,' Mr Zhu said. In his report to the 16th Communist Party Congress, President Jiang Zemin predicted that mainland gross domestic product would quadruple in the years to 2020. Economists have taken this prediction to work out to an average GDP growth of 7 to 8 per cent a year.