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Government policy moves in the past week (April 23-April 29)

Updated: Apr 30,2017 1:45 PM

Policy to fuse separate business licenses

The State Council has decided to cut more business permits with no legal basis, and streamline certificates related to business registrations into one business license. The decision was made at an executive meeting on April 26, and it also urged to strengthen information sharing and operation coordination among government departments.

It also decided to change five pre-examinations and approvals into post-examinations, as well as approvals in sectors, including the foreign-invested packaging and printing industry.

Details: >> China to spur market vitality via integration of certificates

Control smog to improve air quality

The State Council executive meeting on April 26 decided to launch a project to research the cause of, and solution to air pollution.

It decided the research team would be led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, as well as joined by multiple authorities, including the bureaus of agriculture, technology, meteorology and information, and academic institutions and universities.

It is expected the research to draw a clear timetable and road map for improving air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, which can provide an example to other regions in the nation.

Details: >> Smog battle fortified by robust plan

Agriculture insurance for disasters

The State Council also decided to launch a new type of agriculture insurance across 200 counties of China’s 13 major grain production provinces, including Hebei, Heilongjiang, Anhui and Henan.

The insurance will be offered to families with farms, large scale growers and farmers’ cooperatives, which will cover the costs of agricultural materials, fertilizers, and land-use fees for planting rice, wheat and corn.

The decision also increased the subsidized ratio of insurance premiums to 47.5 percent for pilot farms located in China’s central and western regions, and to 45 percent in eastern regions.

Details:>>Agriculture insurance for disasters to be promoted in 200 counties

Promotes medical treatment partnerships

The State Council also issued a circular on April 26 to promote medical treatment partnerships and institutional innovation in the current medical reform.

The move will optimize the structure of medical resources, improve grass-roots medical services, and provide an organized diagnosis and treatment system for patients.

As stated on the circular, all class III public hospitals will participate and play a leading role, and a framework for treatment partnerships will be established with trials rolling out nationwide this year. An improved policy system for treatment partnerships will also be formed by 2020.

Details: >> State Council promotes medical treatment partnerships

Intensify crackdown on illegal cooking oil

The State Council also issued a guideline to establish a long-term mechanism to crack down the use and sale of illegal cooking oil.

The five measures given to the establishment of the mechanism included strengthening the subject responsibility of enterprises; fostering enterprises for the harmless disposal of waste and resource use; regulating disposal methods and promoting harmless disposal technology; improving monitoring and management responsibilities, and cracking down on the use of illegal cooking oil.

Details:>> China to intensify crackdown on illegal cooking oil

Strengthening safety in schools and kindergartens

The State Council has also issued a circular to strengthen security in schools and kindergartens by improving campus security risk prevention systems, risk control mechanisms, and accident management. The decision was made on April 28.

It decided the education of students’ safety awareness and self-protection should become an important part of campus safety education, including anti-bullying, anti-violence, counter-terrorism, and juvenile crime prevention.

Details: >> State Council to strengthen safety in schools, kindergartens

Treatment of critical illnesses cover poor rural population by 2018

According to a document released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and Ministry of Civil Affairs, special treatment of critical illnesses will cover all the disadvantaged population, residing in rural areas, by 2018.

By 2020, around 90 percent of local patients will be diagnosed and treated in counties.

Interest rates of pension insurance unified

According to a document jointly issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Ministry of Finance, pension insurance interest rates for employees of enterprises, government departments and public institutions will be unified.

The rate will be based on the wages of employees, as well as the performance of the insurance fund, and determined by the government every year. The rate, however, will not be lower than a fixed-term deposit rate.

Actions to promote green development of agriculture

In a bid to promote the sustainable development of agriculture and product quality, the Ministry of Agriculture have decided to launch five action plans — to recycle livestock manure, replace chemical fertilizers with organic fertilizers, process straws in Northeast China, recycle agricultural film, and protect aquatic life in major rivers.

Preferential tax policies for entrepreneurship and innovation

The State Administration of Taxation recently released a guideline on preferential tax policies for entrepreneurship and innovation. The document covers 77 current policies and provides support to enterprises at different stages.

Medium and long-term plan on auto industry released

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology — in partnership with the National Development and Reform Commission, and Ministry of Science and Technology — has released the medium and long-term development plan on auto industry.

According to the document, the nation will strive to become a strong auto power in about a decade, catching up with leading technology through new energy and smart vehicles.

Efforts to support first pilot zones of industrial transformation and upgrades

The National Development and Reform Commission has jointly released a circular — in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Land and Resources, and the China Development Bank — to support pilot zones of industrial transformations, and upgrades, in traditional industrial and resource-rich cities.

A total of 12 cities and economic regions — including Tangshan in Hebei, Changzhi in Shanxi, and Huangshi in Hubei — will pioneer the initiative.