Premier Li Keqiang called on Aug 17 for top advisors to contribute thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the government’s policymaking.
During a ceremony, Premier Li granted certificates to six new counselors of the Counselors’ Office of the State Council and to four newly recruited researchers at the China Central Institute for Culture and History. Both are think tanks of the central government.
Premier Li said he hoped the counselors would closely follow China’s social and economic development and conduct in-depth research on major issues, amid a sluggish world economy and the country’s efforts to restructure and cultivate new economic momentum.
According to its website, the Counselors’ Office of the State Council was initiated in November 1949, two years before the institute’s establishment. Now the two bodies are housed in the same building and under the leadership of the Party committee of the COSC. The office has established ties with 46 think tanks from 26 countries and regions.
Before the accreditation ceremony, the office had 57 counselors and 34 research fellows, and the institute had 65 researchers, the COSC website said. Most of the advisors are members of eight democratic parties or have no party affiliation. Some are members of the Communist Party of China, ranging from scholars to leading researchers with macro management expertise.
At a meeting after the ceremony, the Premier called on government departments to improve their work by absorbing research achievements and suggestions made by the advisors, who the Premier said are knowledgeable and have broad vision.
“Development is the top priority for the government, which must be a key area for counselors and researchers,” he said.
China has shown steady performance in economic growth, with people’s livelihoods improved, but it still faces challenges, both domestically and from the international community, the Premier said.
Premier Li said he hoped the advisors would strengthen research in key areas, such as how to balance the stabilization of economic growth with restructuring, promote supply-side economic reform and improve China’s competitiveness through innovation.
The Premier said he expects research achievements from the advisors to be insightful, clearly targeted and applicable.