Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during the 9th plenary meeting of the State Council to discuss a draft of the government work report, which will be delivered at the fifth annual session of the Tenth National People's Congress, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's Premier Wen
Jiabao said on Friday that maintaining fast yet steady economic growth will be
one of the major tasks of the government in 2007.
"Sharp fluctuations must be prevented," Wen said at a plenary meeting to discuss the drafting of a government work
report to be delivered at the forthcoming fifth annual session of the Tenth
National People's Congress.
Efforts should also be made to restructure the
economy and change the economic growth pattern, enhance energy efficiency and
environmental protection, continue reform, opening up and innovation, boost
social development and solve the problems concerning the people's daily lives,
Wen said the central government must "adopt a
scientific approach to economic and social development".
He emphasized the work at the start of the year,
saying it was of "significant importance" to the work of the whole year, the
last year of the current government's five-year term.
Wen said the government should take measures to
rationally control fixed assets investment, tighten the management of currency
and credit, improve land control and management, and guard against excessive
investment and loans.
The premier also required government departments to
work "vigorously" to enhance energy efficiency and reduce the discharge of
A preliminary estimate by the National Bureau of
Statistics showed China's gross domestic product (GDP) reached 20.94 trillion
yuan (2.7 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2006, up 10.7 percent year on year.
China's fixed asset investment totaled 10.99 trillion
yuan in 2006, up 24 percent year on year. Despite rigorous government controls,
investment in property development still reached 1.94 trillion yuan, up 22
percent, or 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous year.
Wen said that all government departments must
seriously implement the policies that aim to support and benefit farmers and
improve macro-control of the grain market to ensure a stable grain output.
He required government departments to improve
financial work by ensuring public funds are spent efficiently, practicing
economy and opposing extravagance and waste.
Wen said measures should be taken to ensure supplies
of coal, electricity, oil and gas.
Wen also urged government departments to be highly
attentive to the problems concerning the people's daily lives. The government
must improve social welfare work and ensure the basic necessities for people in
He also stressed work safety, instructing government
departments to take tough measures to prevent serious accidents and improve food
and drug safety.
Wen said China had made significant social and
economic achievements in 2006, which marked a good start to the country's 11th
Five-Year Plan (2006-2010).
But he warned that the State Council should remain
clear-headed, face problems and difficulties and be "frank" with the problems of
the government in the work report.
The government needed to improve administrative
capability and firmly fight corruption. "Those who get involved in collusion
with business people or trade power for money must by severely punished."
He also asked officials to work more efficiently and
diligently, be down to earth and stand firmly against extravagance.
After thorough discussion, participants to the
plenary meeting agreed that the draft work report could be distributed to local
governments, government departments and institutions for further discussion.
Wen said the report should fully represent the
interests, wishes and requests of the general public.
He said the government should listen to opinions from
different sectors, especially those from the non-Communist parties, the
All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, people with no party affiliation,
officials at grassroots level and the public.