Po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers call for bet­ter gov­ern­ment-busi­ness re­la­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Dian­shiWen­zheng

Se­nior Chi­nese po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers have called for build­ing bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ment and busi­nesses to boost the coun­try’s pri­vate econ­omy.

At a sym­po­sium or­ga­nized by the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Tues­day, mem­bers of China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all sec­tors of so­ci­ety — 31 al­to­gether — gave their views about how to cre­ate a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for pri­vate com­pa­nies.

China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser, Yu Zheng­sheng, presided at the sym­po­sium. Se­nior of­fi­cials from central gov­ern­ment bod­ies also at­tended.

An ini­tia­tive for a new type of gov­ern­ment-busi­ness rela- tion­ship was set in mo­tion by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in March last year. He urged gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to en­gage in di­rect di­a­logue with pri­vate com­pa­nies and of­fer ser­vices when they are in need of help.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been in­structed to main­tain in­tegrity in their re­la­tions with pri­vate com­pa­nies and have been warned not to abuse their power for money.

Com­ments at the sym­po­sium ad­dressed a num­ber of is­sues.

“Pri­vate firms are pro­hib­ited from do­ing busi­nesses in cer­tain fields. They don’t en­joy an equal po­si­tion in the mar­ket with State-run com­pa­nies,” said Justin Yifu Lin, a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the CPPCC’s Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

Lin said many in­dus­tries in China that are dom­i­nated by State-run en­ter­prises have ob­tained a com­pet­i­tive edge through more than 30 years of rapid growth.

He sug­gested can­cel­ing pro­tec­tive sub­si­dies for Staterun com­pa­nies and elim­i­nat­ing lim­ited mar­ket ac­cess for pri­vate ones.

Liu Jipeng, a CPPCC mem­ber and an eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sor at China Univer­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Law, ad­vised set­ting up a per­for­mance sys­tem for gov­ern­ment to pre­vent cor­rup­tion.

He sug­gested re­duc­ing the num­ber of medi­ocre gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies, in­creas­ing salar­ies for out­stand­ing of­fi­cials and step­ping up the su­per­vi­sion of pub­lic ser­vants.

Par­tic­i­pants also sug­gested of­fer­ing more fa­vor­able poli­cies — for ex­am­ple, sim­pli­fied ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures and lower taxes and fees — for pri­vate en­ter­prises.

JIN ZHENQIANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

An of­fi­cial is ques­tioned about his work by a re­porter dur­ing the live tele­vi­sion pro­gram in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Tues­day night.

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