China to complete formation of new government departments by mid-April: media

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Delegates leaves the Great Hall of the People after the closing of closing the 16th Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing November 14, 2002. China confirmed on Thursday that President Jiang is retiring as Communist Party Chief and that he and top colleagues will hand over to a new generation of leaders under Vice President Hu Jintao. REUTERS/Guang Niu ASW/PB - RTRDTKT

BEIJING: China will complete by mid-April the formation of new government departments announced as part of a sweeping restructuring plan ratified by parliament, state television reported late on Saturday citing comments from Vice Premier Han Zheng.

In March, China’s parliament passed the restructuring plan that merged several ministries and regulators in a bid to streamline the organisational structure. The biggest moves included the merger of the country’s banking and insurance regulators and increasing the central bank’s financial sector oversight.

Seven new ministries and eight new administrations are under the state council, including a new market regulatory administration with a broad remit ranging from anti-monopoly and pricing supervision to product quality and safety.

China is also consolidating film, news and publishing regulation under the Communist Party’s publicity department.