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Premier urges sustainable development, better livelihood

Updated: May 23,2014 2:45 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang (C, front) talks with migrant workers at Derun Drainage Co Ltd in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014. Li paid an inspection tour to Chifeng city on May 22 and 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang said the country should continue pushing forward sustainable development and improving people’s livelihood.

Li made the remarks during his inspection tour to Chifeng in Inner Mongolia autonomous region from May 22 to May 23.

Premier Li Keqiang (L, front) talks with employees of Guodian United Power Technology (Chifeng) Co Ltd in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

He said the central and western regions have huge potentials for economic expansion, and Inner Mongolia plays a crucial role as an energy base and ecological zone in urbanization, structural upgrade and low-carbon development.

Li visited a local sewage disposal plant and said that better city views are only the “appearance” while the “core work” of urban development is still weak in infrastructure like sewage and garbage disposal, especially underground pipe networks.

Premier Li Keqiang (R, front) talks with visitors at Chifeng Museum in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 23, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

More social funds with a new investment model should be enhanced to overcome such weaknesses, the premier said.

He praised vocational training while visiting a technical college, saying that economic structural upgrade needs more talents, and reforms have to benefit vocational education and increase employment.

Li stressed faster pace of clean energy industry with more independent technologies and brands, during a visit to the local base of a large state-owned power technology corporation.

Premier Li Keqiang (C) talks with student Sang Limeng (1st L) at Chifeng Industry Vocational Technology College in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

He warned of the existing economic downturn pressure and demanded local governments stick to the target of stabilizing growth, promoting reforms, readjusting structure and improving people’s livelihood, during a meeting attended by local officials of banks and industries.

Policies should be adapted to the problems in capital shortage, especially the financing difficulty in small and micro enterprises, Li said.

Premier Li Keqiang (3rd R) speaks during a meeting attended by local representatives from financial and industrial organizations in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

Financial institutions should innovate services to fuel the real economy, and enterprises also need to explore competition, the premier said.

Meanwhile, Li highlighted the power of traditional culture and its contribution to the country, as well as urging stronger cultural protection and public cultural services.

Premier Li Keqiang (C) talks with a migrant worker at Derun Drainage Co Ltd in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang (front) visits Guodian United Power Technology (Chifeng) Co Ltd in Chifeng city, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, May 22, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

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