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Premier Li says technology is the key to economic development

Updated: Aug 29,2015 5:56 PM

Premier Li Keqiang made the remark at the August 26 State Council executive meeting that the ministries should have an understanding of the issues that could impact the domestic economy.

On August 23, the State Council held its first lecture about advanced manufacturing and 3D printing. Premier Li said reform on technology plays a key role in economic development. At the council’s Aug 26 meeting, mass entrepreneurship and innovation in technology was once again the main topics of discussion.

In recent year, governments of every level have made efforts to transform governmental functions, especially in the reform of administration approval. Yet there are some officials still playing old tricks. Premier Li asked the related departments to investigate unreasonable charges and clarify their fee schedule.

Regarding the work of poverty alleviation, Premier Li was not satisfied. Premier Li states the two current problems: one is the definition measures for people in poverty should be improved. The other is the usage of alleviation funds are too scattered, with too many restrictions.

At the executive meeting, Premier Li demanded that the poverty alleviation fund on different projects should be integrated and used by local governments as a whole; statistics should be transparent.

Premier Li continues to stress the importance of education, especially teachers. Two years ago he proposed an upgrade to the Chinese economy by prioritizing the focus on talent. Not long after that, he demanded more focus on education resources. Not resources such as buildings or desks, but teachers as the main resources for education.

Regarding problems from professional titles in secondary and primary schools, Premier Li decided that the sector’s reform will be promoted nationwide after piloting in many places.

The Premier also listed three specific measures: first is to divide the titles into primary, secondary and senior. Second is to change the evaluation standard. Third is to set up a peer-group evaluation system with strict supervisions.