Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development formally released New home-made airliners listed in the strategic emerging industries

Accelerate major national science and technology programs including the large aircraft, and enhance the capability of making breakthroughs in common and core technologies
Last Updated (Beijing Time):2011-03-21    Source:News Center of COMAC

The Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as "the Outline") approved by the Fourth Session of the 11th National People's Congress was formally released a few days ago. The Outline emphasizes: the Chinese Government will give substantial support to the new home-made airliners listed in the strategic emerging industries to promote aircraft development, and meanwhile, the country will accelarate major national science and technology programs including the large aircraft, and enhance the capability of making breakthroughs in common and core technologies.

There are 16 parts and 62 chapters in the Outline. The Outline points out that: the 12th Five-Year Plan Period is a key phase for the broad construction of a well-off society and also a crucial phase for deepening reform and opening up and accelerating the transformation of the mode of economic development, so we must accurately recognize and correctly grasp new changes and new situation at home and abroad, continuously make good use of significant strategic opportunities and try to create a new prospect of scientific development.

The guiding ideology for economic and social development during the 12th Five-Year Plan period is:
we must hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, take deng xiaoping theory and the important thought of "three represents" as a guide, thoroughly apply the scientific outlook on development, adapt to the new situation at home and abroad, with people of all ethnic groups for a better life, with the expectation of scientific development as the theme, to accelerate the transformation of the mode of economic development as the main line, deepening reform and opening, security and improve the livelihood of the people, consolidate and expand to the international financial crisis, promote economic impact long-term stable and rapid development and social harmony and stability, and to build a comprehensive well-off society of decisive significance.

Concerned parts have place more in stating the development of aviation industry, including development from the policy guidance to target and key tasks, which manifests requirements of scientific development and acceleration of transformation of the mode of economic development.

To Develop Strategic Emerging Industry (See Chapter 10 in Part 3) puts forward: we should take major breakthrough in technical development and requirements for major development as the basis, promote new science and technology and emerging industries depth, and develop the strategic emerging industry as the national economic backbone industry on the basis of promoting and enlarging high-tech industry bigger. Meanwhile, it clearly specifies seven strategic emerging industries, emphasizes promotion of the lead of major fields, implements industrial development project, and strengthens policy support and guide, wherein, the high-end equipment manufacturing industry will focus on developing aviation equipment and establishing industrialization platforms for new home-made airliners, general aircraft and helicopters.

To strengthen Technological Innovation Ability (See Chapter 27 in Part 7) puts forward: we should insist on innovation and development, the lead, the support of the future, accelerate construction of national innovation system, make great effort to enhance scientific and technological achievements into reality, promote economic development more and more relying on scientific and technological innovation driver. The outline emphasizes: we should advance major breakthrough in science and technology, accelerate the establishment of enterprise as the main body, the combination of production technology innovation system, promote scientific and technological infrastructure construction, strengthen support policy for scientific and technical innovation, accelerate implementation of major national science and technology projects, and enhance the core technology breakthrough ability common. i.e. we should continue to implement the major science and technology projects including large aircraft specified in Emphasis on Capability Building of Scientific and Technical Innovation. It also puts forward: we should implement key elements to guide and support innovation in enterprise gathering, speed up the establishment of enterprise as the main body, the market as the guidance, the combination of production technology innovation system, and really lead corporations to major in investment of research and development, technical innovation and application of innovation results.

Concerned parts also have place more in stating the air transportation industry related to the aviation manufacturing industry. To Construct Comprehensive Transport System (See Chapter 12 in Part 3) puts forward: taking the international and domestic hub airports as backbone and regional airports as complements, to perfect the aviation network , actively promote the development of general aviation, reform the airspace management system, and improve the use efficiency of configuration of airspace resources; for the major transportation construction projects, to build a new airport in Beijing, expand airports in Guangzhou, Nanjing, Changsha, Haikou, Harbin, Nanning, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, etc., and build some new regional airports and general airports, and study building new airports in Chengdu, Qingdao and Xiamen; to speed up the construction of a next-generation airspace management system.

The issues of scientific and technical progress and innovation development of strategic emerging industries have gradually attracted great attention of Committee members at the NPC and CPPCC in 2011. They generally recognized that the scientific and technological progress and innovation as accelerating the transformation of the mode of economic development is an important support, so we must further implement rejuvenating the strategy during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, give full play to the first productivity, enhance the ability of independent innovation, and promote national sustainable development depending on innovation; we should encourage corporations to really play an important role in technical innovation, which means that the corporations would further bring scientific and technical innovation into support and leading position. They also reached a common consensus of speeding up development of the emerging industries, and held points that as one of key missions for scientific and technical development and reform during the12th Five-Year Plan period, we should develop the emerging industries as a long-term strategy for the transformation of mode of economic development and development of future leading industries, which will be favorable for promoting the transformation and improvement of conventional industries and the growth of high-tech industries, enhancing the ability of industrial innovation, and changing China's situation that "both core technology and global value chains are under the control of other countries" in the international competition.

The new blueprint has been done. The topic of accelerate the transformation of the mode of economic development, enhancing ability of independent innovation and improving core competitiveness of industries has been raised to an unprecedented high level. The thought and direction of national development strategy in the new phase have provided excellent prospects for growth of COMAC in future. All the staff of COMAC expressed that they would urgently grasp and make good use of significant strategy opportunities, thoroughly implement the scientific outlook on development, grasp development law of civil aircraft, innovate system and mechanism, speed up independent innovation and scientific and technical progress, enhance capability of core competitiveness and sustainable development, improve management level and staff quality, realize the new starting-point of the 12th Five-Year Plan, and assure completion of all missions including the C919 and ARJ21-700 programs.

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