Chinese Premier Chairs a Forum regarding Government Work Report (Exposure Draft)

17th January 2014 Sourcewww.gov.cn

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Chairs a forum and listens to the the opinions of scholars and business people regarding the government's work in 2013, in Beijing. The scholars and business people suggest speed industrial structure upgrade, making more Chinese standard into international standard.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang(R)Chairs a forum and listens to the opinions of scholars and business people regarding the government's work in Beijing, China, Jan. 17, 2014. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Li Keqiang chairs a forum of scholars and business people.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Chairs a forum and listens to the opinions of scholars and business people regarding the government's work in Beijing, China, Jan. 17.After a few words of introduction, Li keqiang directly asks representatives to speak freely.

Scholars and business people from colleges, research institutions and enterprises positively offer advices, and they all agree that innovative macro regulation improved confidence in the market, which stabilized the country's economic development. Substantial changes have taken place in economy, while trend of economic stability is obvious, they suggest summarize and insist on effective practices. Liu Wei from Peking University, Wang Yiming from Academy of Macroeconomic Research NDRC, and Ma Jun from Deutsche Bank Greater China region warn the existing risks of economic downturn and inflation, industrial structure upgrade is hard, so they suggest the government make more efforts to carry on reform and structural adjustment, enhance pertinence and coordination of macro policy, strengthen supply management and better guidance on market expectation. Li Keqiang says we should analyze domestic and international situation from the advantages and disadvantages, and hopes scholars can uncover the root of problems.

Xue Lan from Tsinghua University, Fan Gang from China Society of Economic Reform, Huo Jianguo from the Ministry of Commerce Research Institute respectively expresses their ideas about scientific innovation, better urbanization, larger housing supply, promotion of wider adoption of negative list management, strengthening of food safety and socialized supervision model of environment. Zhou Zhongshu from China Minmetals Corp, Zheng Changhong from CSR Corporation Limited, Pony Ma from Tencent and Lei Jun from Mobile Internet say that it is imperative to speed industrial structure upgrade, combine structural adjustment and innovation, making more Chinese standard into international standard, using the Internet in boosting the upgrade of traditional industries, and enhancing protection of intellectual property.

Mr. Li takes notes now and then while listening to representatives’ speeches. He says everyone's speech is concise and comprehensive, we should not only learn from the work of the government, but also consider in practice. As for questions brought up by them, relevant departments will speed up research and find suitable solutions. Li stresses that policies and planning this year will focus on maintaining economic expansion in a rational range, to provide stable market expectations. We should focus on dealing with the relationship between the government and the market, solving government's absence, and disturbance. He highlightes valuing people's interests with less administrative intervention and rash decision-making, as well as building and monitoring fair competition for new industries and businesses.

At the meeting, Li Keqiang interacts with representatives from time to time, and encourages everyone to speak directly and freely. There is a burst of laughter coming from the meeting.

After the meeting, Li Keqiang shakes hands with participants and wishes all a happy and prosperous new year. He also hopes that experts will study major problems in economic and social development constantly.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yandong, Wang Yang, Ma Kai, State Councilor Wang Jing, Wang Yong attend the meeting.

Translated by Will He