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Premier Li stresses efforts to strengthen market vitality for development

Updated: May 26,2021 09:04    Xinhua
Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, inspects the Ningbo-Zhoushan port, a major transit area for bulk commodities in China, in Ningbo city, East China's Zhejiang province, May 24, 2021. Premier Li made an inspection tour to the city of Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province from May 24 to 25. [Photo/Xinhua]

HANGZHOU — Premier Li Keqiang has underlined efforts to further advance reform and opening-up, strengthen market vitality and actively deal with changing domestic and external situations for pushing forward the country's stable and sound economic development.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during his inspection tour to the city of Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province from May 24 to May 25.

When inspecting the Ningbo-Zhoushan port, a major transit area for bulk commodities in China, Premier Li called for paying close attention to the cyclical changes in the world economy and commodity price fluctuations in the international market.

China should expand opening-up, further promote the facilitation of customs clearance and conduct free and fair trade, he said, adding that the country should give full play to the advantages of the port and use market-oriented methods to improve the import, storage and trading of bulk commodities.

Premier Li spoke with managers of several manufacturing enterprises to learn about the impact that upstream price changes in raw materials had on their businesses.

He said that rising commodity prices would not only bring excessive pressure to large and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises but also affect the small, micro and individual businesses, adding that consumption activities downstream would also be affected.

Premier Li called for making good use of policies, such as tax and fee cuts and inclusive financing, to support market entities, and ramping up market regulation to slow down the transmission of rising costs to the downstream sectors.

Enterprises should also pay attention to tapping into their potentials and drawing on innovation to relieve cost pressures and improve competitiveness.

During his visit to a government service center in the city, Premier Li stressed that the country should relieve the pressure on enterprises, continue improving its business environment, and create a fairer market for competition.

He also inspected a talent resource market to learn about the local employment situation. While visiting a local company, he encouraged it to develop more new products enjoyed by consumers.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, talks with a job seeker while inspecting a talent resource market in Ningbo city, East China's Zhejiang province, May 24, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

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