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Building strong synergy, China advances new modernization drive with confidence



With a spring in his step after an uptick in tourists to his region, Wu Guoping, a deputy to the 14th National People’s Congress (NPC) from Jiangsu Province, attended the opening meeting of the annual session of China’s top legislature in Beijing on Sunday.

According to Wu, the number of visitors at Wuxi City’s Nianhua Bay in Jiangsu exceeded 210,000 in the first two months of this year, the highest for the same period since 2019.

Similar rebounds are happening everywhere in China as the country begins the first year of its march toward modernization, echoing Xi Jinping’s remarks that “the start is crucial to the overall situation and decisive to the future.”

Xi attended the opening meeting of the first session of the 14th NPC on Sunday morning in Beijing. A government work report submitted to the session for deliberation reviewed the country’s progress in 2022 and revealed China’s main targets for development in 2023.

Building consensus with democracy

The work report noted that the people have expressed views and suggestions which deserve full attention and urged efforts to live up to the people’s trust.

During the Two Sessions, nearly 3,000 national legislators and around 2,000 political advisors bring with them people’s expectations for a better life as well as issues of public concern, so that the will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people is incorporated into the top-level design of national development.

This is a vivid practice of the whole-process people’s democracy in China, which has been underscored as an essential requirement of Chinese modernization by Xi Jinping.

In the past decade, Xi has participated in deliberation with lawmakers or political advisors 53 times at the annual Two Sessions, having listened to opinions and suggestions of over 400 NPC deputies and CPPCC members.

Consolidating confidence

The government work report stressed that “the past five years for China have been truly momentous and remarkable,” saying the country has met numerous tests, including accelerated changes on the international landscape, the COVID-19 pandemic and a domestic economic slowdown, and made major achievements in economic and social development, including winning the critical battle against poverty and finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Calling for the stage to be set for building a modern socialist country in all respects, the report listed the main targets for development in 2023, including a GDP growth of around five percent, an increase of the consumer price index of around three percent and a deficit-to-GDP ratio of three percent.

The Two Sessions forges a synergy among the Chinese people and firms up their confidence in overcoming difficulties in achieving development goals in 2023 and advancing Chinese modernization, according to experts.

“China is striving to secure stable economic growth this year, so the Two Sessions are of special significance in boosting confidence and gathering strength,” said Yang Hui, a national political advisor.

Opportunities for the world

As the Chinese modernization blueprint is fleshed out with specific targets to strive for at this year’s Two Sessions, how China will create new opportunities for the world through its own development has captured global attention.

The government work report told the world that “China’s economy is staging a steady recovery and demonstrating vast potential and momentum for further growth,” as the country’s consumer demand, market distribution, industrial production and business expectations have all markedly improved.

It announced that China will intensify efforts to attract and utilize foreign investment. “With a vast and open market, China is sure to provide even greater business opportunities for foreign companies in China.”

According to a recent report released by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China, more than 90 percent of the participating companies selected China as one of the most important investment destinations.

The International Monetary Fund raised the estimate for China’s growth to 5.2 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook report.

Recently, many world leaders have visited China to explore cooperation opportunities. On Wednesday, Xi told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that China’s high-quality development and modernization process will bring new opportunities to other countries.

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Amb. Dr. Queen Blessing Ebigieson, sworn in as new president of AMP



Joel Ajayi

Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers, (AMP), has recently sworn in her immediate past Vice President, Amb. Dr Queen Blessing Ebigieson, as the substantive president of the association. This is following the demise of Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR, earlier in the year and in respect of the associations constitutional provision which states that the vice president shall complete the tenure of the president in the event of the president’s permanent relocation from Lagos, impeachment or death.

In a statement Signed on Sunday in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of Association Nzeh Frankwhite revealed that  official swearing in of the new president was  held on 17th of March 2023 at the association’s national secretariat in Surulere, Lagos. 

The swearing in/oat taking was administered by Barrister Nobert Ajaegbu under the supervision of the association’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro and witnessed by some prominent stakeholders of the association. 

The short ceremony was also transmitted live on zoom for the virtual participation benefit of numerous members across the globe

In her acceptance speech, the new president promised to do her best not to let down the memory of late madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR and her numerous colleagues who have reposed this confidence in her, the new president, however called for the total cooperation of all, since she can do nothing without their support.

 She thanked all her colleagues from far and near and promise to ensure the association and its members will witness a season of greater glory under her watch

Other stakeholders that were present at the event were; 

Francis Onwochei, Keppy Ekpeyong, Hope Opara, Lilian Ama-Aluko, Joe Dudun, Baba Agba, Tony Chukwuma, Franca Brown, Emmanuel Ogugua, Emeka Ossai, Uncle Dele Osawe, Moji Oyetayo, Favour Benson etc. 

The new president has since resumed in her new role as the leader of the association in Nigeria. Congratulation!

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