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CPC to boost non-public role

By Li Qiaoyi (Global Times)

08:43, July 18, 2012

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has pledged to reinforce its clout over the country's fast-growing non-public enterprises through enhanced Party-building that targets rising members in a sector that contributes more than 60 percent to the nation's overall economic output.

The non-public economy has become a key part of China's socialist market economic system, with more than 70 percent of total enterprises categorized as non-public, the added value of which surpasses 60 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a survey on Party-building by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, which was carried by the Guangming Daily on Tuesday.

The non-public sector is seen as a new and important area for grass-roots level Party building efforts, it said.

Achievements in Party-building in non-public enterprises do not match with the large share of contributions to the nation's economy by the sector, it noted.

By the end of 2011, the number of non-public enterprises with Party organizations accounted for 37.6 percent of the total, while the population of CPC members only represented 4 percent of all employees in the sector, according to data from the survey.

Hundreds of thousands of CPC members are thought to have not revealed their Party identities in the sector, the report suggested.

Emphasizing challenges facing Party-building in non-public enterprises, the report also noted that the vast non-public sector involves a huge number of employees, some of whom are high-wage earners and social elites, a group whose impact on the Party's diversified representation and foundation should be valued, the survey said.

"Party building in non-public enterprises has traditionally been weak. There is also a lot of work to be done in expanding the Party's influence in micro and small businesses in particular," Zhu Lijia, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times.

Some innovative measures are noteworthy, such as the setting up of Party branches in office buildings to attract employees from different private and foreign-invested companies working in the same compound, Zhu noted. "That kind of program needs to be expanded in the nation."

Liu Zonghong, director of the history and research department at the Party School of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, stressed Party organizations in non-public enterprises should prove themselves to be functional and useful to attract members and win their hearts and minds.

It should assume a role of facilitating employees in various and tangible ways to demonstrate its advanced nature, such as resolving labor disputes, he said.

They are not supposed to be tour organizers that contradict Party organizations' political mission, Liu said.

To strengthen the Party's engagement in the non-public sector, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee released draft suggestions in March urging a greater coverage of Party organizations by means such as prompting non-public enterprises with more than 50 employees to include Party members.

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