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Premier stresses risk, disaster prevention

Updated: Jan 9,2019 9:16 PM

In an instruction to a national teleconference on production safety on Jan 9, Premier Li Keqiang stressed the key role of safe production in safeguarding economic and social development, and highlighted achievements made by local governments and related departments in the field in 2018.

While extending his best regards to all the attendees, Premier Li said more work should be done in the new year, to focus on preventing major safety risks and accidents, optimize emergency responses and decision-making, rule out hazards in traffic, chemical industry and other key sectors through special campaigns.

Efforts should be made to root out hidden risks and raise preparedness against disasters, to protect people’s life and property and economic growth, he added.

The responsibilities of enterprises and supervision of related departments in safe production were also urged in the instruction.

According to the meeting, production safety maintained a good trend in 2018, with reduced overall accidents and major accidents.

As risks are still challenging, local governments, departments, and units were urged to put all the reforms in practice, improve the emergency management and safe production system, and set up clear responsibilities that all related parties should implement, according to the meeting.

They were also required to control and manage major risks and hidden dangers, innovate supervision and law enforcement, enhance technology support, improve emergency rescue, and take strict precautions against serious and major accidents.

Efforts should be made to protect people’s life and property and create a sound and safe environment for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The meeting also set production safety tasks for the end of the year and the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as the two sessions.

State Councilor Wang Yong attended the meeting and gave a speech, and State Councilor Zhao Kezhi presided over the meeting.