China sets up national energy commission headed by Premier

16:54, January 27, 2010      

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China's State Council, or Cabinet, has decided to set up National Energy Commission (NEC) with Premier Wen Jiabao as head to step up strategic policy-making and coordination, a circular from the General Office of the State Council said Wednesday.

Vice Premier Li Keqiang will act as the commission's deputy head, it said. Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform Commission,will work as the head of the general affairs office of NEC, and Zhang Guobao, head of National Energy Administration will serve as the office's deputy head.

The commission will be responsible for drafting national energy development plan, reviewing energy security and major energy issues and coordinating domestic enery development and international cooperation, the circular said.

The NEC committee was composed of 21 members from various government agencies.

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