Meet­ing re­views de­vel­op­ment plan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW -

The ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing of the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, presided over by Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang on Dec 7, re­viewed three ma­jor ar­range­ments of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), namely, pro­mot­ing the eco­nomic rise of cen­tral re­gions, im­prov­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and en­cour­ag­ing tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs. The plans are aimed at achiev­ing a more bal­anced de­vel­op­ment and a bet­ter eco­nomic struc­ture. The State Coun­cil re­cently re­leased a guide­line that re­quires sup­port­ive poli­cies be de­vised for farm­ers so that by 2020 they can dou­ble their in­come com­pared to 2010. There are four as­pects to the poli­cies, namely strength­en­ing pro­tec­tion of agri­cul­ture, strength­en­ing sup­port for ru­ral job-seek­ers and busi­ness starters, es­tab­lish­ing a longterm de­vel­op­ment in­te­gra­tion sys­tem for the ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, and im­prov­ing wel­fare for vul­ner­a­ble groups.

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