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Agenda set for annual legislative session

2019-03-05

DEPUTIES to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) gathered yesterday morning at a preparatory meeting to elect the presidium and secretary-general and set the agenda for the second session of the 13th NPC scheduled to begin today.

A 176-member presidium was elected, with Wang Chen as the secretary-general of the NPC session, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

All preparation for the annual session is done, according to Chairman of the 13th NPC Standing Committee Li Zhanshu, who presided over the preparatory meeting and expressed his hope that the session will be democratic, united, pragmatic and progressive.

As of Sunday, 2,956 of the 2,975 NPC deputies had registered with the session’s secretariat, and 2,932 attended the preparatory meeting.

The meeting also adopted the agenda of the session.

Prior to the preparatory meeting, a meeting of chairman and vice chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee was held, where attendees heard the report on the drafts of the agenda and the presidium and secretary-general name lists of the upcoming annual session, and decided to submit the drafts to the preparatory meeting.

Today’s schedules

Following are the schedules for the second session of the 13th NPC and the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) today.

NPC:

— The NPC annual session will open at 9 a.m. at the Great Hall of the People. Premier Li Keqiang will deliver a report on the government work.

NPC deputies will examine a report on the implementation of the 2018 plan for national economic and social development, and on the 2019 draft plan for national economic and social development.

The deputies will also examine a report on the implementation of the central and local budgets for 2018, and on the draft plan of central and local budgets for 2019.

The opening will be broadcast live via the China Media Group. Major news portals will also provide live coverage of the event.

— In the afternoon, NPC deputies will hold panel discussions on the government work report.

CPPCC:

— In the morning, members of the CPPCC National Committee will observe the opening of the NPC session.

— In the afternoon, members of the CPPCC National Committee will hold panel discussions on the government work report.

The newsroom of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee will hold a press conference on winning the three major battles of forestalling and defusing major risks, carrying out targeted poverty alleviation, and controlling pollution.