Voices and Votes: Top advisory body convenes in Beijing

2010-03-03 20:14 BJT

Special Report: 2010 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body, has opened its annual session in Beijing. The well-being of the people remains the top concern for conference members. The economy and climate change are also prominent on their agenda. Members from all walks of life will discuss issues and put forward proposals for decision-makers.

A time to brainstorm. A place for debates. Their talks are important for the country's future.

Lin Jialai, CPPCC member, said, "I propose the government to offer low-rent housing for college students and migrant workers."

Feng Jun said, "People's well being, social development, and the economy are intertwined. We should never improve one at another's expense."

Earlier this year, Premier Wen Jiabao called for the promotion of happier lives and greater dignity for the people.

Now the political advisors are finding ways to make it happen.

Liu Younghao said, "We have a huge rural population. It's important that they can live a dignified life. The current shortage of rural migrant workers means they have confidence, which brings dignity."

China has survived the global financial crisis, with an eight point seven percent GDP growth. But other challenges remain.

Wang Wenbiao said, "We should transform and restructure our economy for sustainable growth. Credit loan policies should be improved, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. And everyone is watching real estate prices closely."

President Hu Jintao, also the CPC leader, top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao attended the opening of the third plenary session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee.

Top political advisor Jia Qinglin reviewed the work over the past year. He spelled out measures to promote economic development.

Jia said, "Members of the CPPCC National Committee proposed that we should continue to push our proactive fiscal policies and our moderately easy monetary policies to achieve their full effect. They also suggested that we should strive to boost domestic demand while keeping foreign demand stable."

He added 2010 is an important year for the CPPCC to develop in its own role, such as establishing work mechanisms for comprehensive coordination, communication, evaluation, and supervision.

The CPPCC brings together the Communist Party, the non-Communist Parties, and people with no party affiliation to discuss state affairs.

Less than forty percent of the members belong to the CPC. The two thousand plus representatives come from all social sectors.

The top advisory body plays a vital role in forming mechanisms of consultation for policy-making procedures. CPPCC members are witnesses to the nation's democratic reform. They use their collective wisdom to help the country deal with its challenges. Over the the next ten days, we'll find out what their ideas mean to the nation and its people.