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Quan Zhezhu Researches Hainan’s Growth Pattern Change

ACFIC First Vice Chairman Quan Zhezhu has inspected South China"s Hainan province to get a complete picture of the changing growth patterns and industrial structural reshuffle of the local non-public sector economy which has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years.

Quan, who is also Deputy Minister of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, went to Sanya, Baoting, Wanning and Haikou cities between March 22 and 26 where he visited a number of private enterprises and an autonomous county inhabited by the miao and li ethnic minorities, and inspected the local tourism and tropical botanical industries.

Quan held several meetings with local private entrepreneurs and the grassroot cadre of the ACFIC"s Hainan chapter to learn their practice and experience in re-adjustment of industrial structure. He also exchanged views with the local government concerning services for the small- and medium-sized enterprises, whose number accounts for a large majority of the province"s private sector.

During those meetings, Quan said Hainan should take advantage of its status as a popular international tourist resort and step up the development of the private sector economy.

As to the private sector"s future growth and the federations" next-stage work, Quan called for accelerating the change of the economic growth pattern, which he called the country"s third "historic reform", following the establishment of the socialist system and the socialist market economic system.

"Changing the economic growth pattern is a pround reform in the country"s economic arena," Quan said. "It affects the country"s reform, opening up and socialist modern construction."

According to Quan, China"s economic growth is now largely spurred by investment and export, depending on the second industry and sustained by material resources consumption. However, due to changing global and domestic economic situations, resourses constraints and environment problems, steady and fast growth can not be sustainable unless the current growth pattern is changed.

"The global financial crisis has cast the country"s growth pattern change under the spotlight," Quan said. "If it is not changed, the price of development will become bigger in the future, while the space for growth will get smaller. In short, no time should be spared to change."

Currently, there are 7.4 million private enterprises in China, or 70% of its total. Many enterprises in the private sector are big energy consumers and higher polluters with low tech and low productivity.

"Change will be even more difficult and urgent for them to make," Quan said. "Private entrepreneurs have to adapt to the trend of social reforms and have strong awareness of the growth pattern change."

Quan also reminded meeting participants of the "four priority directions" recently stressed by President Hu Jintao for the private sector in making its growth pattern change:

First, seize the opportunity in the recent global industrial reshuffle and make relevant structural adjustment, pattern change and quality improvement. Secondly, find good investment directions, encourage innovation, promote modern agriculture, strategic new industries, and modern service industry. Thirdly, save energy, cut remission, and promote clean production and energy-efficient technology. Fourthly, participate in the country"s overall strategy of regional development and distinguish oneself in the development of the Western Region, the regeneration of the old industrial bases in the Northeast, the emergence of central areas, and the pilotting programs in the East.

Date:2010-4-12 15:05:02