Deputies to Discuss Five-Year Plan

Debate on the country's first strategic plan for the new century will top the agenda of the annual meeting of the Ninth National People's Congress (NPC), which opens today.

A preparatory meeting for the Fourth Session of the Ninth NPC, held yesterday in Beijing, set the agenda of the parliamentary meeting to be held March 5-15, according to the NPC's rules of procedure.

During the session, NPC deputies will concentrate on deliberation of the draft for the 10th Five-Year Plan, the major blueprint to guide the country's economic and social development over the next five years.

Premier Zhu Rongji is expected to give a report outlining the 10th Five-Year Plan for China's economic and social development at the opening ceremony of the session today.

Other issues on the agenda include:

Hearing and discussing a report on the implementation of the 2000 national economic and social development plan and a draft plan for 2001 national economic and social development;

Hearing, examining and approving a report on the implementation of the central and local budgets for 2000 and the central and local budgets for 2001;

Hearing and examining a report on the work of the NPC Standing Committee;

Examining an amendment to the Sino-Foreign Joint Venture Law;

Hearing and examining work reports by the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Electing new members to the NPC Standing Committee.

A total of 2,674 NPC deputies attended the preparatory meeting, and Tian Jiyun, vice-chairman of the Ninth NPC Standing Committee, was chosen as secretary-general for this session of the congress.

(China Daily 03/05/2001)