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Licenses scrapped for more professions

Updated: Jul 15,2015 9:07 PM

China will cancel requirements on accreditation of professional qualifications and licenses; and frame policies to ensure stable growth of the country’s imports and exports.

The pledge was made at an executive meeting of the State Council presided by Premier Li Keqiang on July 15.

The meeting decided that professional licenses will not be required in 62 categories, including web advertising brokers, registered e-commerce architects, national foreign trade salesmen and port stevedores, in addition to the 149 categories already canceled since last year.

More efforts will be made to ensure that all unnecessary professional licenses will be canceled, the meeting decided.

Accreditation required by departments under the State Council without legal basis and evaluation of professional qualifications organized by government departments, national industry associations and academies will be canceled. Those with legal basis but do not concern national security, public safety and citizens’ personal and property security will be canceled after the relevant laws and regulations are revised, said a statement released after the meeting.

A list of all the professional licenses issued by the government will be made public. Any accreditation beyond the list will not be allowed, the meeting decided.

Reacting to the 7 percent economic growth in the second quarter, the State Council meeting said the prospects of achieving the annual growth target of about 7 percent are “good”.

The meeting pledged to step up reforms in the second half to prop up the economy, including reducing administrative barriers and allowing the market play a bigger role in the economy.

China will keep the value of the yuan within a reasonable range and reach equilibrium.

Other support measures released after the meeting include importing more popular consumption goods, advanced technologies and key equipment parts; to expand nationwide pilot streamlined customs procedures; reduce fees for trade companies; steadily loosen restrictions on domestic enterprises to conduct renminbi debt financing overseas; and support pilot programs for new business models in foreign trade to support cross-border e-commerce and integrated service providers.