(on May 16, 2007)
A work conference of all units under the Industrial and Commercial Administration on promoting ideological progress and improving comprehensive management of public security was convened in Beijing on May 15.
Addressing the conference, Zhou Bohua, secretary of the Party Leadership Group and minister of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, stressed that units at all levels under the Industrial and Commercial Administration must follow the guidance of the Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of the “Three Represents,” and implement the scientific development concept and the strategy of building a harmonious socialist society. By earnestly implementing the arrangements made and requirements posed by the Ideological Progress Steering Committee and the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC), all units must fully perform their duties to further promote ideological progress and push forward the comprehensive management of public security. They should unify supervision and development, supervision and service, supervision and the protection of rights, and supervision and law enforcement, so as to create a good social environment for holding of the 17th CPC National Congress and 2008 Olympic Games.
Liu Yuting, vice-minister of the State Industry and Commerce Administration, presided over the conference. Attending were leaders of the Administration including Liu Fan, Wang Dongfeng, Zhong Youping and Shi Jianyuan.
Zhou pointed out that although the industrial and commercial administration involved law enforcement in economic supervision, it was obvious in political characteristics. It performed a variety of duties, such as cracking down on fake and shoddy goods, punishing false advertisements, investigating commercial frauds, banning pyramid sales and such sales in disguised forms, protecting consumers’ rights and interests, and overseeing the market and the private sector. These were both part of the economic law enforcement, and were closely related to protecting consumers’ interests, maintaining social stability, promoting ideological progress and adhering to the fundamental economic system. In recent years, industrial and commercial administrative departments had shown political awareness and consideration of the overall situation, and made unremitting efforts to boost ideological progress in the course of performing the function of market supervision, thus contributing to the creation of a sound and civilized market environment and the maintenance of social harmony and stability. They were thus well received by CPC committees and governments at all levels, and the general public as well. However, compared to the requirements posed by the new situation and the expectations of the Party and the people, they still had a long way to go in their work. For example, some units did not have adequate awareness of the importance of promoting ideological progress and participating in public security management in the course of law enforcement, and failed to take more effective measures. So, they needed to do a better job in the future.
Zhou said that it was imperative to be fully aware of the political responsibilities of industry and commerce administrative departments in promoting ideological progress and improving public security management, in order to heighten the sense of mission and responsibility. He pointed out that upgrading the civilization standard of the whole society, and advancing social harmony and stability constituted a major guarantee for implementing scientific development concept and building a harmonious society, as well as a need to create a good environment for holding of the 17th CPC National Congress and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As functional departments in charge of maintaining the market order, industrial and commercial administrative departments shouldered an important responsibility in advancing ideological progress and participating in public security management, served as a major force in promoting ideological progress and constituted an effective guarantee for maintaining social harmony and stability. The CPC Central Committee and the State Council had always attached great importance to the role of industry and commerce administration departments in promoting ideological progress and social progress.
He said, “In line with the requirement posed by the new situation, the duties entrusted by the laws and regulations and the instructions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, we should have a profound understanding of the political responsibility of industrial and commercial administration departments in promoting ideological progress and improving public security management.”
He added: “We should further raise our political awareness and our awareness of the overall situation, and persistently consider matters and plan our work in the political and strategic perspective, so as to push forward ideological progress and maintain the overall situation characterized by reform, development and stability while performing our duties of standardizing the market order. ”
It was imperative to enhance the sense of responsibility and mission, and make sure that tightened supervision, service and development, promoting ideological progress and maintaining social harmony and stability should be studied, arranged, inspected and implemented simultaneously. It was imperative to solidly foster a scientific development concept and a correct work performance concept, and set promoting ideological progress and maintaining social harmony and stability as an important criterion for assessing work performance and increasing law enforcement efficiency.
Zhou Bohua stressed that all units must enhance their role in ideological progress and strive to create a harmonious and civilized market environment. First of all, they should focus on building a harmonious industrial and commercial culture and constantly improve the standard for their ideological progress. They must arm themselves with the results of innovations in the Party’s theory and foster a common ideological basis for industry and commerce administrative officials to work hard for building socialism with Chinese characteristics. They should focus on creating the core socialist value system, vigorously push forward the building of a harmonious industrial and commercial culture and launch a wide range of activities of education in belief, patriotism, concept of power, disciplines of the Part and State laws, and the spirit of the times characterized by reform and innovations. All industrial and commercial administration officials must practice the socialist concept of honors and disgraces, and foster a good morality, so as to improve their moral and ideological qualities in an all-round way. Efforts should be made to launch the campaign to cultivate ideological progress to increase the honesty and credibility of government administration with the focus on enhancing “credible industrial and commercial administration.” It was necessary to launch the campaign of “building civilized government departments and serving as civil servants to people’s satisfaction” in all units under the SICA, so as to improve supervision and service and build a civilized and harmonious industrial and commercial administration.
Secondly, it was imperative to give full scope to the functional role of industrial and commercial administration in promoting ideological progress with the theme of “stressing civilization and enhancing harmony.” Efforts should be made to launch the drive to heed commercial honesty and credibility and focus on standardizing the behaviors of the principal part of the market and cracking down on illegal acts to create a standardized, orderly, harmonious and civilized market and social environment, and accelerate the building of sound social morality by giving priority to launching a campaign to promote ideological progress among the public.
Zhou urged that industrial and commercial administration departments must actively get involved in the comprehensive management of public security and faithfully perform their duties of maintaining social harmony and stability. Firstly, it was imperative to launch the “Red Shield” campaign to protect farmers’ interests and push forward the building of a secure countryside. In accordance with the “Guideline of the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security of the Chinese Communist Party on Building a Secure Countryside” and “Views on Implementation of the Guideline,” it was imperative to tighten the supervision over agricultural capital goods markets and crack down on production and sales of fake and shoddy agricultural capital goods. It was necessary to launch the campaign to rectify the rural foodstuff market to ensure food safety for rural residents. Secondly, all units must implement the “Plan for Special Actions to Crack down on Pyramid Sales” and give a heavy blow to the illegal activity, so as to create harmonious and stable social environment. Thirdly, it was necessary to tighten supervision over Internet bars and ban the unregistered ones, in line with the circular on intensifying the management of Internet bars and network games issued earlier this year by 14 central departments. Fourthly, it was imperative to crack down on sales of pornographic and illegal publications and video products, and participate in the campaign against organized criminal gangs, ban drug abuse and prevent AIDS from spreading. Fifthly, work should be done to enhance cooperation among various departments and make a success in managing public security, cleaning up the environment around schools, arranging jobs and educating ex-convicts, serving and managing the floating population, pursuing family planning among migrant people, preventing minors from committing crimes, protecting migrant rural workers’ rights and interests, and combating bicycle theft.
Attending the conference were officials of the Ideological Progress Steering Committee and the CPC Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security. Also present were officials of the industrial and commercial administrative bureaus from all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and cities specifically designated in the state plan, as well as leaders of units under the State Industrial and Commercial Administration. (Source: China industrial and Commercial News)