Chinese political advisors attending their annual session here
in Beijing on Friday proposed the government make efforts to
transform the economic growth pattern, improve the nation's
innovative capability, expand opening-up and develop modern
agriculture to achieve a both sound and rapid economic growth.
The government should play a dominant role in changing the
economic growth pattern, said Chen Qingtai at the second plenary
meeting of the annual session of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the
country's top advisory body.
Chen also called for reforms of the method and indicators used
for assessing local officials' work performance and a scientific
division of administration and finance power between the central
and local governments.
Ma Peihua, a CPPCC member from the China Democratic National
Construction Association, a non-Communist party, said the country's
failure to achieve the goal in pollution control last year should
be mainly attributed to local officials indifference to
restrictions on pollutant discharge, which has not been taken as an
indicator to assess their performance.
Zhang Huaben, an advisor from the non-Communist Jiu San
(September 3) Society, said it is an imperative task to support
small and medium-sized enterprises, as most of them are in short of
capital for technology innovation.
He suggested science and technology banks be set up within
high-tech zones to grant loans to technology-intensive small and
CPPCC member Zhang Baoming proposed to strengthen the management
and prospecting of coal mines and improve the recycle of
Li Youwei suggested that the country's three major development
areas, namely Shanghai's Pudong New District, Tianjin's Binhai New
Area and Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, be transformed into bonded
zones to meet the new demands from the country's reform and opening
Justin Yifu Lin, a known economist, said the government should
give more support to local small and medium-sized banks so that
they can offer better financial services to farmers, needy people
as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.
(Xinhua News Agency March 10, 2007)