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China to press ahead with supply-side reform to boost innovation
By Xinhua
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 09:55 By Xinhua

This July 12, 2017 file photo shows a container is being loaded at a Quanzhou port in Fujian. China will press ahead with the supply-side structural reform with more efforts focusing on cutting overcapacity, reducing corporate cost and improving environment to boost innovation. (SONG WEIWEI / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China will press ahead with the supply-side structural reform with more efforts focusing on reining in excessive production capacity, reducing corporate cost and improving environment for innovation.

We need to give full play to inspection in its role of spurring implementation and development, to break the bottlenecks in the last mile of policy implementation

Li Keqiang, Premier, China

The decision is made at a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, after hearing a report on the fourth round of State Council nationwide inspection.

The inspection, conducted by the State Council General Office in two phases between June and August, is aimed to ensure that the tasks put forwarded by the central economic work conference and the Government Work Report be implemented in full.

The cutting of surplus production capacity will be prioritized, with special focus on the weeding out of substandard steel production. The government will further reduce cooperate costs by applying standards and supervision to fees levied by sectoral associations, chambers of commerce and various societies on enterprises, in a major push to put an end to unregulated excessive charging practices at the very source.

Unlawful charging practices will be handled according to the law. Whistle-blowing on wrongdoings will be encouraged to strengthen public supervision.

"We need to give full play to inspection in its role of spurring implementation and development, to break the bottlenecks in the last mile of policy implementation, clearing all hurdles in the way of various policies," Li said.

The inspection found that the ongoing supply-side structural reform is progressing in a steady manner as the economic structure keeps optimizing.

The inspection also found a number of problems in different areas, including excessive production capacity cutting in arrear, deficiencies in business environment, and bottlenecks in the transformation of R&D findings to products. 

"The problems found in the inspection process should be addressed as early as possible, with results to be delivered for problems such as the resurgence of shutdown production capacity, excessive fees levied on enterprises, obstacles to foreign investment and long delays for approvals of some investment programs," Li said.

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The report on inspection said that the government will further promote innovation-driven development, with an evaluation system to monitor the environment for innovation and entrepreneurship set to be established. The incentive mechanism for the commercialization of scientific and technological progress will be improved.

The development of a business environment with global edge will be prioritized to further promote private and foreign investment. The government will develop an evaluation mechanism for business environments, and conduct timely nationwide evaluation of the environment.

The photo taken on Aug 27, 2017 shows Premier Li Keqiang speaking on the forum on building a powerful manufacturing country and promoting reform in economic structure in Beijing. Li on Sept 13, 2017 chairs a State Council executive meeting, saying China will press ahead with a supply-side structural reform to boost innovation. (XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA)

The government will also work on the real estate transaction registration mechanism to further reduce red tape. Local authorities will be encouraged to ensure real-time data sharing between different information platforms.

"Many good experience and practices turn out to be cases for the reform to streamline administration, enhance compliance oversight, improve government service, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Best practices need to be applied more extensively," Li said.

"Government departments should study the feedbacks gathered. Address issues as soon and as much as possible, and provide greater support to local authorities, enterprises and the public," the premier added.

The State Council launched its first round of nationwide inspection in 2014, followed by two inspections in 2015 and 2016, to keep implementation of economic and social work on schedule. 

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