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Premier Wen says people's livelihood an especially important task (2)

(Xinhua)

21:24, October 23, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R, front) talks to a vender at a food market in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 21, 2011. Wen made an inspection tour in Nanning on Oct. 21 and 22 while attending the eighth China-ASEAN Expo. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Wen urged the local government to attach greater importance to agricultural production and the supply of farm produce at the markets. He also asked the local authorities to think of ways in reducing logistics costs and to enlarge reserves.

"Measures that are designed to contain prices must be implemented to benefit the grassroots," he said.

Housing is another significant issue facing the locals. China in recent years have been promoting affordable housings for especially the low and medium-income groups. Projects such as low-rent housings and public rental housings are currently developed across the nation. The Chinese government aims to build 10 million affordable housing units this year.

However, lack of funding and inconvenient traffic are hindering this progress in particularly some poverty-stricken regions.

The premier underscored the importance of guaranteeing funding for affordable housing projects and the urgency to speed up establishing and improving relative laws and regulations to regulate the investment, construction, distribution, supervision and rental contracts of affordable housing.

"We aim to make affordable housing a sunshine project that will improve the living conditions of the low and medium-income families," Wen said.

During the tour, Wen also urged college graduates to be down-to-earth and be ready to face challenges.

He encouraged them to consider working for privately-owned companies, as they provide about 80 percent of the nation's employment.

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