Har­vest of re­form to mod­ern­ize agri­cul­ture

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - ByWANG YIQING wangy­iqing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

De­part­ments and min­istries un­der the State Coun­cil, China’s cab­i­net, have re­sponded to a se­ries of pub­lic con­cerns in the past week on agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion, civil ser­vice ex­am­i­na­tions, gas stor­age fa­cil­ity pric­ing and the qual­ity of on­line trad­ing goods.

The State Coun­cil re­cently is­sued a five-year plan for strate­gic agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion (2016-20) and ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Han Changfu, the plan has clearly de­fined the im­por­tance of agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion.

The sec­tor has a solid ba­sis for mod­ern­iza­tion and is en­ter­ing a de­vel­op­ment stage, Han said.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, by 2020 food se­cu­rity will be ef­fec­tively guar­an­teed, the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of the agri­cul­tural prod­uct sup­ply sys­tem will be greatly in­creased, the sec­tor’s in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness will be fur­ther en­hanced and ru­ral res­i­dents’ liveli­hood will be im­proved.

Civil ser­vice ex­am­i­na­tion ap­pli­ca­tions for cen­tral govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, and sub­or­di­nate agen­cies, will be stopped on Oct 24, 2017.

Al­though civil ser­vice posts are pop­u­lar, there are still some posts that only a few, or even no, can­di­dates ap­plied for.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Civil Ser­vice has re­cently is­sued an an­nounce­ment to the pub­lic, which sum­ma­rizes the posts at­tract­ing few, or no qual­i­fied, can­di­dates.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion re­minds ap­pli­cants to ra­tio­nally choose posts.

It also re­minds ap­pli­cants to avoid peak times of ap­pli­ca­tion (of­ten, just days be­fore the dead­line), in or­der to boost their chances of ac­cep­tance.

The Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion is­sued an an­nounce­ment to lo­cal de­part­ments and re­form com­mis­sions, com­mod­ity price bu­reaus and pe­tro­leum and petro­chem­i­cal com­pa­nies to spec­ify the pric­ing pol­icy for gas stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the NDRC, the gas stor­age price will be de­ter­mined through ne­go­ti­a­tion of sup­ply and demand, and ur­ban gas com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to in­vest in the con­struc­tion of gas stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

The price of gas will be es­tab­lished through mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion.

The NDRC also re­quires re­lated au­thor­i­ties and en­ter­prises in lo­cal ar­eas to jointly strive to guar­an­tee sta­ble op­er­a­tion of the gas mar­ket, en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tion of pric­ing as well as main­tain mar­ket or­der and price su­per­vi­sion.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dus­try and Com­merce in 2016 launched on­line trad­ing com­mod­ity qual­ity in­spec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, it pays great at­ten­tion to qual­ity su­per­vi­sion of com­modi­ties, in­clud­ing on­line trad­ing com­modi­ties.

Qual­ity in­spec­tion of goods traded on­line this time is rou­tine for the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mar­ket su­per­vi­sion de­part­ment to pro­tect con­sumers’ le­gal rights and in­ter­ests.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has launched qual­ity in­spec­tions on goods trad­ing on ma­jor e-busi­ness plat­forms in five prov­inces and re­gions, in­clud­ing Beijing, Shang­hai, Zhe­jiang and the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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