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(on May 14, 2007)

On the morning of May 10, Zhou Bohua, minister and secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the State Industry and Commerce Administration (SAIA), made an investigation at the Tianzhu Office of the Shunyi Branch of the Beijing Municipal Bureau for Industry and Commerce. During his tour, he stressed that leaderships at all levels of the industry and commerce system should care for and pay close attention to the grass-roots units, and persist in focusing on the work of such units in bid to step up team building. It was necessary to take effective measures to improve supervision; promote the sound and rapid economic and social development; redouble efforts at team building; set a good image for industrial and commercial administrative departments; and strive for the unification of supervision and development, supervision and services, supervision and protection of rights and interests, and supervision and law enforcement.

To implement the requirement posed by the SICA leadership, i.e.,  it was imperative to introduce a system under which leaders at all levels should forge close links with grass-roots units, the SICA formulated the “Provisional Regulations on the System whereby SICA Leadership Maintains Close Links with Grass-roots Units”. As required by the Regulations, SICA leadership shall establish a relatively stable relationship with a designated grass-roots unit in a given period of time and in an appropriate form, so as to learn about circumstances there, promptly summarize experience in doing work in grass-roots units, solicit criticism and suggestions from such units, and facilitate the implementation of various kinds of work related to the administration of industry and commerce in the units. Minister Zhou set a good example for others to follow by designating the Tianzhu Office of the Shunyi Branch of the Beijing Bureau as his liaison unit.

Zhou arrived at the Tianzhu Office at 9:30 am, accompanied by the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau Zhang Zhikuan. Close to the Capital International Airport and located in the core area of the Airport Economic Zone, the Tianzhu Office had 17 staff members, serving 6,431 enterprises and business people, i.e. 4,526 individual business people engaged in industrial and commercial operations, 1,790 Chinese-funded enterprises and 115 foreign-financed ones.

In the service hall, Zhou talked with individual business owners and asked them about how the services rendered by the employees of the Tianzhu Office were, and how convenient it was when they handled business with the Office, as well as their suggestions as to the improvement of the Office’s work. Chen Xiaomei, a woman from Yiyang, Hunan Province, was applying for the operational license for her bakery. She told Minister Zhou, ”My mandarin is not so good, and yet workers here are so patient. They explained to me in detail how to fill in the application forms and what documents I should prepare. ” Zhou was pleased after hearing what she said. He personally handed her a just-printed license and wished her every success in her business.

In the hall, some other individual business owners from Shandong, Henan, Jilin and Jiangsu provinces were registering for their operational licenses. Zhou also asked one by one about their opinions on the industry and commerce administrative work. He said to them, “You should work hard for the construction of China’s capital and serve people across China. We industrial and commercial administration departments ought to serve you well. Your achievement of prosperity means that you make a contribution to the country. ” Zhou added, “You must operate your businesses in accordance with laws and make sure that your products meet required standards and are sold in a sufficient amount.” He was pleased to see so many individual business owners from all over the country found their own businesses in Beijing. He told the staff members of the Office: “We should better serve those from elsewhere because they are total strangers here.”

Zhou then visited the Tianzhu Office’s canteen, dormitory, library and entertainment room. On his way he asked about the study and living conditions of the staff members. He urged the leaders of the Beijing Municipal Bureau to pay closer attention to grass-roots units. He also told the staff members of this grass-roots unit to spend more time on study. On seeing that the Tianzhu Office had good work conditions, he said, “grass-roots units are where the administration work of industry and commerce is implemented. So we should foster a good image in grass-roots offices. We should care more about them and give them more financing.”

Zhou then listened attentively to work reports given by the Director of the Shunyi Branch Chen Fugang and Head of the Tianzhu Office Ding Bin. Zhou fully acknowledged the work of industry and commerce administration in Beijing. He said, “Beijing shoulders a heavy task of market supervision, with a great pressure and high requirements. With the support of the CPC Central Committee, the State Council, the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC and the Beijing Municipal Government, Beijing’s industry and commerce administration system now has been equipped with a well-trained team and modern supervisory means, and created a first-rate supervisory standard and efficiency. Zhou hoped that the Beijing Bureau should sum up their experience and improve their work to a new level.

Zhou emphasized that the national industry and commerce administrative system should strive to achieve the “four unifications”, i.e. the unifications of supervision and development, supervision and service, supervision and rights protection, and supervision and law enforcement. The crux of the matter lay in doing a good job in three areas. Firstly, it was imperative to earnestly perform the supervisory duty and improve supervisory standards. Industry and commerce administration departments were the State functional departments to exercise market supervision and administrative law enforcement. It was necessary to achieve the unifications of supervision and development, supervision and service, supervision and rights protection, and supervision and law enforcement, with supervision constituting the core. Secondly, it was imperative to serve local economic and social development. The purpose of the administration of industry and commerce was to enhance the sound and rapid development of the local economy, and serve the society as well as business operators and consumers. It was imperative to achieve the unification of supervision and the protection of legitimate rights and interests of business operators and consumers, and the change of functions and strict law enforcement. It was necessary to understand that supervision was the duty and service was the overall task. Thirdly, it was imperative to enhance team building. It was imperative to study Deng Xiaoping Theory, the great thought of “Three Represents”, the scientific development concept and the theory of building a harmonious society, and to be loyal to the CPC, the motherland, the people and the course of industry and commerce administration. Moreover, it was necessary to study laws and relevant expertise. Secondly, efforts must be made to promote the building of leader groups. The ability of a leader group would decide the overall ability of a whole team. A few people could not ensure a fine environment in the capital’s market. Only a competent leader group could create a high-quality team. This, plus modern supervisory means, could create high supervisory efficiency, as well as a harmonious internal work environment and a smooth external work environment.  

Zhou called for great importance to be attached to the building of grass-roots offices. He pointed out that such offices were in the frontline of market supervision, served as a vital force in maintaining the market order, boosting economic development and ensuring a harmonious society, and as the window for serving the people and fostering a good image of the administration system of industry and commerce. It was imperative to persist in giving top priority to the work of grass-roots units in enhancing the building of teams. Leadership at all levels should help them in infrastructure construction and step up software building. Grass-roots offices were duty-bound to do a good job in market supervision, in a bid to propel local economic development. They should also make innovations in their supervisory means and systems to meet the need of a new situation.

During his investigation, Zhou welcomed grass-roots staff to visit the SAIC Head Office and encouraged more mutual communication, so as to make a concerted effort to maintain a fine market economic order and ensure a sound and rapid economic and social development.

The grass-roots staff members were deeply moved and encouraged by senior leader’s care for them. Head of the Tianzhu Office Ding Bin said, “Minister Zhou’s amiability is touching and we feel proud of being chosen as his liaison unit. All of us will review our work and strive for greater progress in our work.” All staff members of the Tianzhu Office unanimously expressed their loyalty to the country, the people and their career, as well as their determination to faithfully perform their duties and to do their utmost to ensure the sound and rapid development of the local economy.

The forum lasted until 12:30. Minister Zhou had lunch together with the workers at their canteen and asked his aide to pay for his meal

Leading officials of the General Office and the Personnel and Training Department of the SICA accompanied Minister Zhou during the tour. (Source: China Industry and Commerce News)

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