National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Information to be affected.

China will set up five new “super ministries” in the current round of government institutional restructuring, and a plan for the reshuffle will be submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC), or parliament, for deliberation.   According to the plan, which was distributed to journalists before the parliament meeting, the five new “super ministries” are the ministry of industry and information, the ministry of human resources and social security, the ministry of environmental protection, the ministry of housing and urban-rural construction, and the ministry of transport.

To strengthen the government management on the energy sector, a high-level inter-ministerial coordinator, the national energy commission, is also to be established, with a national bureau of energy to be set up as its working office under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).  The new bureau will integrate the NDRC’s functions relating to energy management, the functions of the National Energy Leading Group and the functions of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on nuclear power management.  Source: Xinhua

BIIA Newsletter March 2008 Issue