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Lawmakers hear reports on SOE, cultural system reforms


09:23, October 25, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese legislators on Wednesday reviewed a series of reports on the reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the country's cultural system and social aid.

Minister of Culture Cai Wu said progress has been made in converting government-funded cultural institutions into enterprises, building a public cultural service system and securing a more prosperous output for cultural products.

Cai made the comments while delivering a report on cultural system reform at a bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.

Cultural sector restructuring has been ongoing since 2006 for the purpose of boosting the sector and turning its government-funded cultural institutions into enterprises.

Cai said the progress made thus far still lags behind the country's general demand, adding that new issues regarding cultural development must be solved in a timely manner.

While urging accelerated cultural legislation and policy support, Cai called for continued reforms in order to realize the cultural industry's role as a pillar industry for the national economy.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, which was presided over by top legislator Wu Bangguo, a senior economic official said the country will stick to reforming its state-owned enterprises and helping them engage the market.

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