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Sichuan Urges 39 County-Level Task Forces to Fulfill the Primary Responsibility
Updated:2024.02.28

Recently, the reporter learned from the Organization Department of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee that to promote the implementation of the decisions and plans of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee on basic assistance to underdeveloped counties, and further leverage the role of county-level task forces, the Organization Department teamed up with the Office of the Coordination Mechanism for Basic Assistance to 39 Underdeveloped Counties in Sichuan to issue the Implementation Plan on Urging 39 Underdeveloped County-Level Task Forces to Fulfill the Primary Responsibility and Striving to Build a Community of Party Building-Led Assistance. The document clearly focuses on four aspects: forming a working system, enhancing the counties' economic strength, concretizing and visualizing assistance measures, and accelerating the pace based on the goals. The province aims to construct a community of Party building-led assistance to further strengthen the efforts of 39 underdeveloped county-level task forces in coordinating and integrating provincial targeted assistance, east-west cooperation, provincial paired-up assistance, and assistance by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and central SOEs in Sichuan (hereinafter referred to as "five assistance forces"), and establish a working pattern characterized by shared responsibilities, collaborative industry development, concerted efforts to improve people's livelihood, and joint promotion of development.

To establish a community of responsibility based on the working system, the implementation plan requires Sichuan to improve the overall planning mechanism for cities and counties, form a collaboration mechanism among departments, and build a mechanism for the common prosperity of counties and local enterprises. Party committees and governments of the eight cities (autonomous prefectures) where the 39 underdeveloped counties are located should establish a sound municipal (prefectural) coordination mechanism led by the Party committees and governments with departments' participation. The 39 county-level task forces need to further coordinate their work with this coordination mechanism, and adopt the method of "list system + responsibility system + emptiness system" to promote the implementation of various assistance tasks. On the other hand, provincial departments in the 39 underdeveloped counties should take the lead in strengthening coordination with relevant units, helping coordinate the progress and implementation of work, and fully leveraging the provincial-level functional advantages and support. Each year, they should implement one to two key support projects to ensure both substantial financial investment and concrete actions. In addition, Party organizations of 78 SOEs providing assistance should sign an agreement on common prosperity of counties and local enterprises led by Party building with the Party committees of the 39 underdeveloped counties (county-level cities and districts), so as to ensure that all SOEs providing assistance offer a certain percentage of funds annually, help underdeveloped counties cultivate one to two key industries, and take the lead in weighting SOEs' industry advantages, related resources, and industrial and supply chains towards the underdeveloped counties.

To build an industrial community focusing on improving counties' economic strength, Sichuan has to make overall arrangements for assistance funds, coordinate the implementation of projects far and near, and help them complement each other's advantages and integrate resources, as stated in the implementation plan. On the one hand, the 39 underdeveloped county-level task forces should take the lead in completing key tasks and major projects that focus on breaking away from their underdeveloped status, coordinate efforts of the five assistance forces to implement "clustered investment", and ensure that limited funds are used effectively. The assistance providers and receivers can establish industrial investment funds in accordance with the model of "county leading, joint investment, market orientation", to specifically support the development of characteristic industries in underdeveloped counties. On the other hand, the 39 underdeveloped county-level task forces should take the lead in determining a number of long-term, medium-term, and short-term assistance projects separately, weighting assistance resources towards short-cycle, special and selected areas that yield quick results, and effectively leveraging projects to promote the extension and expansion of distinctive industries with competitive edges in the assisted counties to upstream and downstream areas. Moreover, the 39 underdeveloped counties (county-level cities and districts) should thoroughly explore local agricultural and animal products, energy and mineral resources, natural scenery, and other characteristic resources, and work with the five assistance forces to identify the breakthrough point for industrial cooperation and compatibility. The units (enterprises) where the five assistance forces belong to should fully utilize market resources, brand effects, and advantages of production and sales chains, integrate and package distinctive products with competitive edges in the assisted counties, and create some reliable and well-known high-quality brands.

To build a community of people's livelihood focusing on concretizing and visualizing assistance measures, the implementation plan requires all assistance providers to work together to help increase people's income, improve people's livelihood, and advance urban-rural integration. First, the five assistance forces should boost labor-service cooperation, set up "assistance workshops" and take other measures to facilitate employment transfers or create job opportunities near people's homes, and work with the assisted counties to study and formulate skills training plans for rural labor force to ensure that no less than 500 people in each county are trained per year on average. Second, the five assistance forces are required to consolidate and expand the achievements made in poverty alleviation in coordination with the extensive drive for rural vitalization in the assisted counties to gradually develop and expand the new rural collective economy, actively participate in geological disaster prevention, investigation and rectification of dilapidated rural houses, and construction and renovation of rural water supply projects in the assisted counties, and collaborate in preventing rural residents from slipping back into poverty. Third, all localities should actively introduce the resource advantages of the five assistance forces to jointly build a number of public welfare projects, guide the five assistance forces and their subordinate units and affiliated enterprises to actively advance new urbanization of the assisted counties, and help cultivate a number of characteristic towns featuring ecological health care, culture-tourism combination and city-industry integration.

To speed up the construction of a community of development based on established goals, it is necessary to promote the exchange of cadres and mutual training of talent, achieve mutual promotion and support of assistance tasks, and formulate a unified evaluation and assessment standard for assistance effectiveness, according to the implementation plan. On the one hand, the five assistance forces should send urgently needed and scarce talent to the assisted counties in a timely manner according to their needs. Every year, about 100 outstanding cadres and personnel should be selected from the 39 underdeveloped counties to receive training in various forms from the assistance providers, including assignment to temporary posts and guidance from experienced people. On the other hand, Party committees of the 39 underdeveloped counties (county-level cities and districts) should strengthen communication and coordination with Party organizations where the five assistance forces belong to, and maximize the integration of assistance resources. What's more, it is necessary to coordinate and integrate the assessment and evaluation of rural revitalization in the 39 underdeveloped counties (county-level cities and districts) by provincial authorities, incorporate the effectiveness of basic assistance into the assessment indicators of east-west cooperation, paired-up assistance within the province and targeted assistance, so as to ensure that the assistance results can be shared and utilized with the development results of the underdeveloped counties.

 
 
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