President Xi Jinping has underlined the need to combine top-level design and public opinions in compiling the 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP).
A view of the Huangxing Walking Street in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province. (Photo: Xinhua)
Xi made the remarks on Thursday when presiding over a symposium attended by local representatives on soliciting opinions and suggestions for the 14th FYP in Changsha City, capital of central China's Hunan Province.
Xi made an inspection tour in Hunan Province from Wednesday to Friday.
"To meet people's desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi pointed out.
Noting 14th Five-Year Plan involves all economic and social aspects and is closely related to Chinese people's lives, Xi encouraged people from all sectors of the society to give advice on a new policy blueprint for the next five years.
He called for pushing forward the compiling of the 14th FYP to respond to the wishes of the people and to understand the people's thoughts and expectations as well.
The 14th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development will be implemented in 2021.
As the compiling work is going on, relevant departments will soon solicit opinions and suggestions from officials, the public as well as specialists and scholars.
China's FYP system is formulated to make plans for economic and social development over the coming five years.
Created every five years since 1953, the FYP is a major feature of China's governance system. It sets growth targets and defines development policies.
A total of 13 five-year plans have been made and implemented except for a period of economic adjustment between 1963 and 1965.
2020 is the last year of the 13th Five-Year Plan and the country is now drafting its 14th such document.