|Essential tasks are set out at first meeting of the new State Council
Mar. 23, 2018 -- Premier Li Keqiang called for efforts to accomplish the goals set in this year's Government Work Report as he presided over the State Council executive meeting on Wednesday, the day the new Cabinet assumed office, according to a statement released after the meeting.
Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, State Council departments and units should implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in full and see the Government Work Report through, the statement said.
It also called for greater efforts to promote high-quality development, deepen reform and opening-up, cultivate new growth engines via innovation and entrepreneurship and improve people's well-being.
The meeting, the first since the new State Council lineup was endorsed by this year's session of the 13th National People's Congress, assigned each of the 57 key tasks in 12 aspects specified in the work report to competent departments.
The report, adopted at the annual session of the national legislature, sets a GDP growth target of around 6.5 percent and pledged further opening of markets to foreign investors.
Government departments should perform their duties in accordance with the law and make dedicated efforts to achieve the targets for this year's economic and social development, the statement said.
Meeting participants called for an accountability mechanism and plans to push forward key tasks to ensure that each task is implemented with concrete measures and detailed schedules overseen by designated officials, it said. More supervision will be conducted to ensure that policies are implemented.
The statement emphasized the importance of cementing and strengthening the good momentum in the economy for government at all levels.
Policies will be more harmonized, targeted and effective, and coordinated efforts will be made for growth, reform, structural adjustment, improved livelihoods and risk preparedness, it said. Sustained efforts will be made to forestall and defuse major risks, carry out targeted poverty alleviation and prevent and control pollution.