Important decisions were taken at the 4th Meeting of the 13th Chinese National People's Assembly, which started yesterday in the capital Beijing. The Chinese National People's Assembly meeting, which was attended by the CCP and government leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, and nearly 3,000 representatives, has a very busy agenda.
Drafts of the Government Working Report, the 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 Vision will be examined at the meeting. Within the scope of the meeting, the reports on the national economy and development plan for 2021 and the budget for 2021 will be discussed. In addition, amendments to the Organization and Procedure Law of the National People's Assembly of China and the Draft Decision of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Election System of the Chinese National People's Assembly will be discussed at the meeting.
Making the opening speech of the meeting, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang reminded in the government working report that the world economy has suffered a serious decline due to the COVID-19 outbreak that broke out suddenly last year.
Prime Minister Li said that China, which has achieved strategically important successes in combating the epidemic, is the only country that has achieved positive growth among the world's major economies, has won a great victory in the fight against poverty and has achieved critical successes in building a middle-class welfare society.
In 2020, China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.3 percent, new employment in cities and towns reached 11 million 860 thousand, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent. "The entire population of 510 thousand people got rid of poverty," he said.
In the government working report, China's growth target for 2021 was set as "6 percent above". Although there are various risks in development, the basic trend towards the positive progress of the economy in the long term has not changed, and it is stated that the annual targets set by taking into account the economic recovery process will be beneficial for the sustainable and healthy growth of the economy as well as the advancement of reform, innovation and high-quality development.
The report also set targets to create a total of 11 million new jobs in cities and towns in 2021, maintain inflation around 3 percent, decrease energy use per unit of GDP by 3 percent and keep grain production above 650 million tons.