BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Overcoming the adverse effects of COVID-19, Beijing's financial sector achieved added value of 343.35 billion yuan (around 51.5 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of this year, up 5.7 percent year on year, data shows.
The figure accounts for 21.2 percent of the city's gross domestic production (GDP) for the period, according to data released at the 2020 Annual Conference of Financial Street Forum, which concluded Friday in Beijing.
The financial industry has become a key driving force in the city's economic growth. From 2012 to 2018, the sector's added value grew by an average of 12 percent a year. In 2019, the sector's added value made up 18.5 percent of the city's GDP and contributed 28.8 percent to its economic growth.
At present, more than 800 financial institutions are headquartered in Beijing, with total assets exceeding 148 trillion yuan.