Improving policies regarding the import and export of consumer goods was the top agenda item for the State Council’s executive meeting on April 28, and Premier Li was especially interested in determining when the policies could be implemented.
When he was told at the meeting that the policies will not be unveiled until August, the Premier shook his head and said “too slow”. He then asked all relevant departments to accelerate research and introduce the policies by the end of June.
“Cuts on tariffs of some imported goods will benefit domestic consumers, and can also accelerate industrial upgrading through competition,” the Premier said.
He also said that China’s opening up is an effective way to force reform, and the consumption tax collection system will be gradually adjusted.
The participants at the meeting also decided to complete an upgrade of oil products earlier than scheduled, in an effort to prevent and control air pollution - thus improving the environment.
When a representative said that technological transformation projects concerning upgrading of oil products have to be assessed many times in some regions, the Premier responded by saying that “the departments concerned should pay more attention to pollutant discharge, instead of setting barriers to cleaner products!”
Premier Li added that strengthening supervision is also important in pushing forward the upgrading of oil products. “All departments should work together, conduct special inspections of the quality of oil products, and China’s three major oil refinery enterprises (CNPC, Sinopec and CNOOC) should also fulfill their duties.”