Li calls in­no­va­tion best way to com­pete

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By HU YONGQI in Bei­jing huy­ongqi@chi­

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang called on do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers to en­hance tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and im­prove qual­ity of prod­ucts as a way to up­grade the sec­tor and in­crease global com­pet­i­tive­ness.

The pre­mier spoke to the man­age­ment of a num­ber of lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers on Fri­day at a meet­ing pro­mot­ing the Made in China 2025 strat­egy.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing is the key to the na­tion’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and the eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing re­quires mak­ing the sec­tor stronger, Li said. But the sec­tor is still on the low to medium tier com­pared with other lead­ing coun­tries, thus it is vi­tal to im­prove the qual­ity and up­grade to in­crease com­pet­i­tive­ness, he said.

The up­grade de­pends on in­no­va­tions, and man­u­fac­tur­ers should make tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs by fo­cus­ing on qual­ity and brand­ing and us­ing top man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­tries as bench­marks, Li said.

Li called for man­age­ment in­no­va­tion to trans­form mod­els for re­search and de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion, and in­crease the ef­fi­ciency for re­source al­lo­ca­tion. He said man­u­fac­tur­ers should also de­velop cus­tom­ized pro­duc­tion to meet di­verse de­mands.

He urged man­u­fac­tur­ers to take ad­van­tage of China’s rich hu­man re­sources by pro­mot­ing en­trepreneur­ship and the spirit of crafts­man­ship, both re­quir­ing long-term in­put to cul­ti­vate high-qual­ity man­agers and tech­ni­cians.

Mean­while, Li also pledged ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms to fur­ther re­duce un­rea­son­able preen­try ap­provals and per­mits, which will de­crease in­sti­tu­tional costs for man­u­fac­tur­ers. How­ever, mar­ket su­per­vi­sion will be strength­ened to for­tify in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion and crack down on coun­ter­feit prod­ucts, he said. Fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are en­cour­aged to pro­vide aid to small and medium-sized man­u­fac­tur­ers, he said.

With the world’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity, China’s ex­port-ori­ented man­u­fac­tur­ing has been try­ing to shift the fo­cus to do­mes­tic con­sump­tion and high added val­ues in re­cent years. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment has pro­moted more high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing, in­clud­ing the strat­egy of Made in China 2025.

The State Coun­cil de­cided to pro­mote the strat­egy by grant­ing more fa­vor­able poli­cies for the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor at two ex­ec­u­tive meet­ings in May and July.

Li Dong­sheng, chair­man of TCL Co in Huizhou, Guang­dong prov­ince, who de­liv­ered a speech Fri­day, said, “The meet­ing, which fo­cused on im­prov­ing the real econ­omy and man­u­fac­tur­ing, pro­vided en­cour­age­ment and sup­port for man­u­fac­tur­ers like my com­pany.”

The pre­mier em­pha­sized the key role of man­u­fac­tur­ing to com­pete, he said. “Our man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­vides high-end prod­ucts, be­sides those with fewer added val­ues, and should strive for more well-known brand­ing by us­ing Ger­many and Ja­pan as bench­marks. The meet­ing gave us con­fi­dence that we will make more highly value-added goods and worldlead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

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