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Private investment eyed for revival plan

A multibillion-dollar plan to boost northeast China’s flagging economy will not just use state funds, but also use private capital to invest, an official said yesterday.

The three-year revival plan is not wholly funded by the state and is not a government “blood transfusion,” an official with the National Development and Reform Commission said, implying that the investment is not a short-term aid, but aimed at improving the region’s economic health in the long term.

The plan was revealed by the NDRC on Monday and involves launching 127 major projects in the northeast region from 2016 to 2018.

The wide-ranging plan will cover sectors including transport, energy, water conservation, agriculture, as well as urban and rural development.

Over 1 trillion yuan (US$150.2 billion) will be invested in the projects, financed by private firms as well as central and local governments, said the official.

The money will not be spent on industries suffering from overcapacity, but go to areas creating new growth, such as infrastructure and emerging industries, he said.

Efforts will be made to improve local government management, deepen state-owned enterprise reform and promote development of the private sector, according to the plan.

Amid an economic slowdown in the last two years, the northeast, an old industrial base, has suffered more than the rest of the country.


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