BEIJING Jan 27 China has centralized its energy
strategy within a new government agency launched on Wednesday,
aiming to coordinate policy-making that previously was shaped by
a tangle of agencies.
Premier Wen Jiabao will be the head of agency and Vice
Premier Li Keqiang will be the deputy, according a central
"The National Energy Committee (NEC) is established to step
up energy strategic decision-making, overall planning and
coordination," the central government said in a notice published
on its website (www.gov.cn)
It is responsible for working out national energy development
strategy, reviewing energy security and major energy issues as
well as planning domestic energy development and international
cooperation, it added.
China's plan to create a "super ministry" to steer the energy
sector was put on hold in 2008 due to the difficulty of reaching
a consensus between big energy firms and existing energy
Instead, the national parliament approved the establishment
of the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the NEC in early
The NEA was officially launched in July 2008, but still lacks
real power to carry out many of its assigned tasks as
responsibility for the energy sector is currently dispersed among
a number of departments.
The NEC committee has 21 members, consisting mainly of
ministers from a wide range of ministries such as the Finance
Ministry, the Commerce Ministry and the central bank.
Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform
Commission, will work as the head of NEC's general affairs office
while Zhang Guobao, head of NEA, will act as Zhang Ping's deputy
The NEA will also be responsible for handling specific works
of NEC, according to the notice.
Analysts said that the launch of the committee is aimed at
creating an authoritative body to better organize the scattering
power distributed between different ministries.
(Reporting by Eadie Chen, Editing by Ken Wills)
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