New bosses for work safety and customs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 March, 2008, 12:00am

The central government announced the appointment of two minister-level officials yesterday, a few days after the National People's Congress had approved a new cabinet for the next five years.

Wang Jun, a former deputy chief of the Communist Party in Jiangxi province, was named minister in charge of the State Administration of Work Safety.

Mr Wang, 56, replaces Li Yizhong, who was named head of the new Ministry of Industry and Information at the First Session of the 11th NPC, which ended on Tuesday.

Sheng Guangzu, 59, deputy director general of China Customs, has been promoted to head the agency, replacing Mou Xinsheng, who has retired at the age of 65.

Both Mr Wang and Mr Sheng joined the Communist Party's decision-making Central Committee at October's party congress, a status usually given to minister- or provincial governor-level officials, suggesting their promotions were almost certain. Most personnel deals were struck during the five-yearly party meeting.

More new appointments of senior government officials are expected in the coming weeks following this week's major State Council reshuffle, which appointed a few dozen senior leaders and main ministers who required formal approval from the NPC.