2019 NPC Session: Agenda and Daily Schedule

On Monday, the 2019 NPC session released its agenda, daily schedule of meetings, and a tentative schedule of press conferences (Excel). The Session will open on the morning of Tuesday, March 5 and close on the morning of Friday, March 15, lasting a total of 10½ days. All times below are in Beijing Time (UTC +8:00).

The agenda contains the following eight items:

  1. Deliberate the Government Work Report;
  2. Review the report on the execution of the 2018 National Economic and Social Development Plan and on the draft 2019 National Economic and Social Development Plan (together “Development Plans”);
  3. Review the report on the execution of the 2018 Central and Local Budgets and on the draft 2019 Central and Local Budgets (together “Budgets”);
  4. Deliberate the draft Foreign Investment Law [外商投资法].
  5. Deliberate the work report of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC);
  6. Deliberate the work report of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC);
  7. Deliberate the work report of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP);
  8. Confirm the NPCSC’s acceptance of Zhang Rongshun’s resignation as an NPCSC member.

The Session will hold the following four plenary meetings:

  • March 5 (a.m.): hear the Government Work Report; review the report on Development Plans; and review the report on Budgets;
  • March 8 (p.m.): hear the NPCSC’s work report and an explanation of the draft Foreign Investment Law.
  • March 12 (a.m.): hear the SPC’s work report and the SPP’s work report.
  • March 15 (a.m.): vote on all resolutions and the draft Foreign Investment Law.

A more detailed description of the Session’s daily schedule follows. Morning meetings runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and afternoon meetings from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will update this schedule with links to the press conferences throughout the Session; (with two exceptions) only the institutional affiliations of the officials in attendance are indicated.

Tuesday, March 5

9 a.m. (1st Plenary Meeting): Hear the Government Work Report from Li Keqiang (Premier); review the report on Development Plans; and review the report on Budgets.
3 p.m.: Delegates deliberate the Government Work Report as delegations

Wednesday, March 6

all day: Delegates deliberate the Government Work Report in small groups

🎙10 a.m.: “Vigorously promoting high-quality economic development
National Development and Reform Commission

Thursday, March 7

9 a.m.: Delegates review reports on Development Plans and on Budgets as delegations
3 p.m.: Delegates review report on Development Plans in small groups

🎙9 a.m.: “Fiscal and tax reform & fiscal work
Ministry of Finance
🎙10:50 a.m.: “Overcoming obstacles—resolved to win the tough battle of poverty alleviation
State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development

Friday, March 8

9 a.m.: Delegates review report on Budgets in small groups
3 p.m. (2nd Plenary Meeting): Hear the NPCSC’s work report from Li Zhanshu (NPCSC Chairman) and an explanation of the draft Foreign Investment Law from Wang Chen (NPCSC Vice Chairman)

🎙10:00 a.m.: “China’s foreign policy and foreign relations
Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Saturday, March 9

9 a.m.: Delegates deliberate the NPCSC’s work report as delegations
3 p.m.: Delegates deliberate the NPCSC’s work report in small groups

🎙8:45 a.m.: “The NPC’s legislative work
NPC Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commission & NPC Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Committee
🎙10:30 a.m.: “Nurturing a strong domestic market, promoting all-around opening-up
Ministry of Commerce
🎙3:00 p.m.: “Reform and development of state-owned enterprises
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission

Sunday, March 10

9 a.m.: Delegates deliberate the draft Foreign Investment Law as delegations
3 p.m.: Delegates deliberate the draft Foreign Investment Law in small groups

🎙10:30 a.m.: “Financial reform and development
People’s Bank of China, State Administration of Foreign Exchange
🎙3:00 p.m.: “The NPC’s oversight work
NPC Supervisory and Judicial Affairs Committee, NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, NPC Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee, NPC Environmental Protection and Resource Conservation Committee & NPCSC Budgetary Affairs Commission

Monday, March 11

Recess

[The purpose of this one-day recess is for the NPC Constitution and Law Committee to revise the draft Foreign Investment Law based on the opinions of the delegates expressed during deliberations.]

🎙8:45 a.m.: “Accelerating the building of an innovation-oriented country
Ministry of Science and Technology
🎙10:30 a.m.: “Strengthening market regulation, maintaining market order
State Administration for Market Regulation, National Intellectual Property Administration & National Medical Products Administration
🎙3:00 p.m.: “Fighting well the tough battle of preventing and controlling pollution
Ministry of Ecology and Environment

Tuesday, March 12

9 a.m. (3rd Plenary Meeting): Hear the SPC’s work report from Zhou Qiang (SPC President) and the SPP’s work report from Zhang Jun (SPP Chief Procurator)
3 p.m.: Delegates deliberate a revised version of the draft Foreign Investment Law, the SPC’s work report, and the SPP’s work report as delegations

🎙3:00 p.m.: “Fighting the tough campaign to ‘basically resolve the difficulty in enforcing civil judgments
Supreme People’s Court, High People’s Court of Fujian Province & High People’s Court of Jiangxi Province

Wednesday, March 13

all day: Delegates deliberate the SPC’s and the SPP’s work reports in small groups

Thursday, March 14

9 a.m.: Delegates deliberate draft resolutions on the Government Work Report, Development Plans, and Budgets in small groups
3 p.m.: Delegates deliberate, as delegations, the draft resolutions on the Government Work Report, Development Plans, Budgets, and the NPCSC’s, the SPC’s, and the SPP’s work reports; the voting version of the draft Foreign Investment Law; and the NPCSC’s acceptance of Zhang Rongshun’s resignation

Friday, March 15

9 a.m. (4th Plenary Meeting): Vote on all resolutions, decision to confirm the NPCSC’s acceptance of Zhang’s resignation, and the draft Foreign Investment Law.

🎙~10:30 a.m.: Q&A with the Premier
Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council


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