CPPCC Members Focusing on Economic Issues

The 2001 national session of China's political consultative body focuses on offering ideas for the nation's 10th Five-Year Plan (2001-05), concentrating on issues such as economic policies and restructuring, the protection of water resources and environmental protection.

The Fourth Session of the Ninth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, opened on Saturday.

"To help the formulation and implementation of the plans for national economic and social development has always been one of the most important tasks of CPPCC members," said Ye Xuanping, vice-chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, at the opening ceremony.

The Ninth National Committee of CPPCC offered more than 100 suggestions for improvements after studying the draft 10th Five-Year Plan submitted by the State Development Planning Commission last December.

Most of the proposals were adopted.

The Committee for Economic Affairs organized research groups to investigate 10 issues. They produced the "Proposals for Attaching Importance to Institutional Innovation in the 10th Five-Year Plan."

They stressed that institutional innovation should be the driving force behind both development and economic restructuring and that the separation of government functions from enterprise management is the key to the success of economic restructuring.

A total of 3,733 proposals have been submitted by the National Committee of the CPPCC since last year, about 98 percent of which have already been handled.

The proposals displayed a deep concern with the difficulties confronting the country as it develops, and they put forward lots of constructive suggestions on key issues like the development of the western region, how to tackle the challenges the country might face after entering the World Trade Organization and combating corruption, according to the report on the proposals delivered by Wan Guoquan, vice-chairman of CPPCC National Committee.

Focusing on China's present three great tasks - modernization, the reunification of the motherland and safeguarding world peace and promoting common development - Ye said more and more is being required of the CPPCC. He noted that the CPPCC will make proper use of its particular strengths to conduct surveys, studies and inspections concerning issues such as economic restructuring and agricultural development.

CPPCC members vow to put forward more valuable proposals on the country's national economic and social development strategies.

"I will be proposing the establishment of museums of ethnic minority customs, especially in ethnic minority areas, to better preserve their cultures," said Tursun Yunus, a CPPCC member from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

For members from the medical sector, the reform of medical services is of central importance.

"The reform of the medical sector should be pushed further so that people can get better treatment at a lower price," said Guo Yinglu, director of the Institute of Urology at Peking University, who added that the prices of some medicines are too high for normal people to afford.

(China Daily 03/05/2001)

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