The State Council, China's cabinet, decided on Thursday to expand effective investment to boost employment and consumption. It will raise 300 billion yuan ($44.6 billion) through financial bond issuance to replenish capital for major projects and special debt projects.
The central government will use policy-based and development-oriented financial instruments and will provide appropriate interest discounts, according to an executive meeting of the State Council held on Thursday, which was presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
The meeting called for prudent monetary policy, good use of structural monetary policy tools, enhancing the financial sector's ability to serve the real economy, and effectively contributing to stabilizing the overall economy, stabilizing employment and ensuring people's livelihoods.
At the meeting, the cabinet also decided to increase work-relief measures in key projects invested in by the government, which will expand employment opportunities and especially increase the incomes of migrant workers.
By May 18, the Ministry of Finance and the country’s top economic planner had allocated 6.6 billion yuan of central government investment in work relief for 2022.
The investment will support the implementation of more than 1,800 work-relief projects across the country, which will help 130,000 rural workers and low-income groups to secure employment and increase their incomes. It is expected that local people involved in construction projects will receive more than 10,000 yuan in per capita remuneration.
On Monday, the premier also called for stronger efforts to accelerate economic recovery, shore up market entities, ensure employment stability and safeguard people's livelihoods.
More than 70 percent of government spending in recent years has gone toward improving people's wellbeing. Governments at all levels must tighten their belts and shoulder their responsibilities to ensure basic living standards, Li said on Monday.
More investment will be made to strengthen weak links in transportation. The construction of a number of national expressways and inland river transport channels will begin within the year, the Thursday meeting decided.