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The third Plenum of the CCP's Central Committee concluded early last week and was followed on Friday (Nov. 15) with the release of a detailed 60-point reform plan. The plan could impact Canadian investors via its longer term growth effects and sector-specific implications. The broad thrust revolves around a "decisive" role for markets in the economy, including a shift to market-based prices in some key sectors like energy.
Important elements include:
- Allowing private investment in more "non-strategic" areas of the economy to heighten offshore investor interest;
- Limited reforms of state-owned companies, including a requirement that companies hand over 30 per cent of profits to the government vs. 15 per cent at present, with some funds channeled to improved social services;
- China will also promote private capital to set up small and medium-sized banks, and also to participate in state-owned investment projects;
- Relaxation of the one-child policy and changes in the "hukou" system, allowing greater access to services between the rural and urban population;
- Regarding financial markets, China continues to aim toward reforming the deposit rate system and yuan convertibility, although achievement of the latter objective may still be years away.
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