|Faster growth mode shift urged|
Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), made the remarks when reporting to the Standing Committee of the National People Congress, the country's top legislature.
Zhang said the government will focus on raising people's incomes and improving their expectations in economic situations in a bid to expand domestic demands, especially household consumption.
Domestic consumption's contributions to economic growth is still limited. Although the
Industrial structure should be further optimized, and science and technology innovation should be accelerated, Zhang said in his report.
He has also called for enhanced environmental protection and further energy saving and emissions cuts, saying that the eco-system remains fragile and energy consumption high despite the positive achievements made in the 11th Five-Year Plan period from 2006 to 2010.