|This picture taken on Jan 27, 2016 shows workers on a pollution mask assembly line at the ASL Masks factory in Dongliu, in China's Shandong province. (PHOTO / AFP)|
BEIJING - The top legislature is considering amending a law that supports small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the first time since it was adopted in 2003, according to a statement released Monday.
The revised draft was submitted to legislators for its first reading at the bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which began Monday and will run until Nov. 7.
At 2015 end, the majority of the 21.9 million registered enterprises in China were small-and medium-sized businesses
According to the statement, released by the NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, the law on promoting the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises has helped boost growth in this sector.
According to government data, by the end of 2015, the majority of the 21.9 million registered enterprises in the country were small-and medium-sized businesses. In industry, for example, small-and medium-sized businesses accounted for about 99.6 percent of all firms.
However, the statement pointed out that the current law "is not specific [about] supporting policies" and "not easy to [implement]."
In order to create a better legal environment for small- and medium-sized firms, especially small- and micro-businesses, to grow, the current law should be revised, it said.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises, most of which lag behind with technological elements and risk management, have felt the pinch from downward pressure in economy in recent years, according to the statement.
It added that increased production costs and contracted profits were threatening the survival and development of these businesses.