THE Communist Party is set to promote more woman cadres to leading positions both within the party and the Government, according to Organisation Department chief Zhang Quanjing. Speaking at a recent seminar on the promotion of cadres, Mr Zhang said there should be at least one woman cadre in a leading position in provincial and municipal governments under Beijing leadership by the end of this century. The quota at the regional and village levels would be even higher, he said. He said these offices should try to select two women cadres to leading positions. 'In the promotion of woman cadres, we must have a breakthrough,' he was quoted by the China News Service as saying. Mr Zhang told cadres at the seminar that they should follow the guidelines and show their determination to meet the requirement. He said local governments should give woman cadres priority when they selected people for promotion. Mr Zhang, who was promoted to his present position late last year, called on party organisers to recruit more woman members in the next three to five years. He said that in order to raise the percentage it would be permissible to allow older women who were passed retirement age to stay on. He said cadres should 'seek out more talents', especially at grassroots levels, like state enterprises and research institutes. He said at present most of the woman cadres were either too old or lacked proper education. Every year, only about 19 per cent of the new Communist Party recruits are women. At present, China only has a few women ministers, among them Foreign Trade Minister Wu Yi and Chemical Minister Guo Xiulian. However, neither is considered a political heavyweight and there are no woman members within the policy-making Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party. The call for promoting more woman cadres to leadership positions was apparently related to the upcoming World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing this September. The conference, sponsored by the United Nations, is expected to attract more than 13,000 participants, among them many government ministers and political figures. Coinciding with Mr Zhang's call yesterday, was a Xinhua (the New China News Agency) report claiming ethnic minority woman cadres in northwest Xinjiang now numbered more than 100,000, accounting for 48 per cent of the total of women cadres in the region. 'In recent years, more than 3,000 ethnic minority women have been sent to visit coastal provinces where they have learned a lot in developing their relatively poor economy,' the agency said.