According to People’s Daily, the recent talks that both Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang gave indicate that the central administration still places the reform of SOEs (State Owned Enterprises) as its top priority in the overall progress of reform. As can be seen in the Report on the Work of the Government given by Li Keqiang, the words “reform of SOEs” were mentioned 77 times. In his speech, Xi Jinping stressed that the SOEs shall continue to improve and reform can occur more quickly. The article said that the central administration will introduce a measure called the “diversified ownership concept." The non-SOEs can invest in SOE projects in areas such as finance, oil, electrics, railroads, telecommunications, energy development and public services. In the meantime, non-SOEs will be issued a permit to operate in certain SOE fields. The article said that, currently, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, local governments, and SOEs are working closely to develop a plan.
Source: People’s Daily, March 9, 2014