Under the leadership of the Central Committee with Comrade Hu Jintao as General Secretary, the Standing Committee made further advances in all fields of endeavor. These achievements were the result of your hard work and that of members of the Standing Committee, special committees and organs of the NPC, aided by the close cooperation of the State Council, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the strong support of local people's congresses at all levels and their standing committees and the general public. On behalf of the Standing Committee, I would now like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed to this success.
In reviewing the work of the Standing Committee of the past year, we can clearly see that there are still some shortcomings. Better coordination is needed in some important issues in legislative work, oversight work needs to be made more focused and effective, the quality of the handling of deputy bills and proposals needs to be further improved, and the means and mechanisms for doing work related to you need to be further improved. We must pay close attention to these problems and adopt effective measures to address them.
Major Tasks for This Year
The current NPC, together with its Standing Committee, will complete its term of office in 2007. The Seventeenth National Congress of the Party will be held this year, and our many tasks for the year will be arduous. The general requirements for the work of the Standing Committee are as follows: We must take Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents as our guide, fully put into practice the Scientific Outlook on Development and diligently follow the guiding principles set out at the Sixteenth National Congress of the Party and at the third through sixth plenary sessions of the Sixteenth Central Committee. We must uphold the organic unity of the leadership of the Party, the position of the people as masters of the country and the running of the government according to the rule of law, uphold and improve the system of people's congresses, focus on the overall work of the Party and the government in carrying out our duties, strive to meet the objectives of all tasks of the current NPC and continue to contribute to building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and creating a harmonious socialist society. To satisfy these requirements, we must work even harder and build on the foundation of our work of the last four years to do honor to our mission and successfully complete all our work for this year.
I. We will strengthen social legislation and ensure that the goals for legislation are met.
The current NPC and its Standing Committee set as its goal for legislation to basically complete establishment of a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, focusing on improving the quality of legislation, and formulated a five-year legislation program to meet that goal. Over the last four years we passed amendments to the Constitution, promulgated and implemented the Anti-Secession Law, and formulated or revised 70 laws and made interpretations of or legal decisions concerning legal issues, resulting in the completion of a number of legislative items that were fundamental in nature, were urgently needed and for which conditions were ripe, thereby making very good progress in legislative work. At its Sixth Plenary Session the Sixteenth Central Committee clearly called for improving legislation to develop democratic politics, guarantee the rights of citizens, promote social programs, strengthen the social safety net, standardize people's organizations and improve public administration. This made new demands on the NPC's legislative work. While continuing work to improve economic legislation, we must also concentrate on strengthening legislation related to social programs to provide powerful legal guarantees for the building of a harmonious socialist society and to ensure attainment of the legislative goal of the current NPC. (More)