At the State Council executive meeting on Sept 16, Premier Li hailed the role played by third-party reviews in monitoring the reform of streamlining administration and delegating power to lower-level governments.
One of the top issues discussed at the meeting was the reviews of the implementation of streamlining administration and delegating power to lower-level governments, administrative regulations, support for small and micro businesses, financial support for the real economy and regional coordinated development.
The reviews were done by the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, China Center for International Economic Exchanges, and related universities and research institutions, most of which mentioned the transformation of government functions to streamline administration and delegate power to lower-level governments and optimizing regulation and services.
Premier Li echoed the reviews, saying that streamlining administration and delegating power to lower-level governments serve as a solid foundation for maintaining steady economic growth and transforming the economy.
“This reform is crucial and we must unswervingly carry it out,” the Premier said.
He also said that transformation of government functions is in fact a “self-revolution” that will see many difficulties during the process, such as the unnecessary qualification certificate authorized by some local governments, which, in the Premier’s words, “severely hinders the market and people’s creativity”.
The reform of streamlining administration and delegating power to lower-level governments should be expanded further, but at the same time, government should continue to make efforts in regulating counterfeits, fraud, and intellectual property infringement, the Premier stressed.
He also demanded an immediate rectification of the problems uncovered in the third-party reviews and a report of the result before the end of this year.