Premier Li Keqiang urged the government to better research and plan economic and social development on Oct 31 while presiding over a State Council meeting for CPC members.
As was pointed out in the meeting, the recently-concluded Fifth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee has laid out suggestions for the development of the national economy and social development in the next five years.
Premier Li said the government should stick to development as the first priority, while preparing for various risks and challenges, in a bid to pursue a kind of “innovative, coordinated, green and open development shared by all”.
In particular, Premier Li called for multiple adjustment measures such as directional fine-tuning to maintain medium- or high-speed economic growth.
“We should continue our reform on economic and institutional structures, and seek for development on the basis of innovation,” said the Premier. “We should also promote modern services and energy-saving and environmentally-friendly industries.”
Moreover, the Premier urged comprehensive plans and coordinated development of both urban and rural areas, especially to accelerate the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, coordinate development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
“The government should also further open up by promoting the experience of free trade zones as efforts to create international and convenient business environments ruled by law,” said Premier Li.
In addition, the Premier urged to improve people’s social security levels, in areas such as employment, education, medical care and housing.
According to the meeting, the State Council will launch procedures to draft the 13th Five-Year Plan, meanwhile, to guarantee a successful completion of this year’s social and economic goals.