Guangdong People's Congress has been urged to consider seriously the province's characteristics when drafting laws and to strengthen supervision over the Government, judiciary and economic and financial sectors. In a report to the congress yesterday, chairman Zhu Senlin highlighted 10 areas which he said legislators should focus on this year. The top five include improving management of state assets, tackling unemployment, controlling land use, safeguarding the legal rights of private enterprises and environmental protection. Mr Zhu urged legislators to 'focus on the regional characteristics in working out solutions for Guangdong's problems with regard to reform and development'. 'The supplementary, pioneering, and experimental effects of regional legislation should continue to be emphasised,' he added. A source said Mr Zhu put special emphasis on the need to consider Guangdong's characteristics in the hope that Beijing central planners who have been eager to tighten control over the province would heed his call. The congress would also take on a more active role in supervising the Government. Its expert groups and work organs under the standing committee should strive to become more involved with the drafting of important regulations, Mr Zhu said. The provincial law-making body was also urged to supervise the administrative and judiciary organs. Supervision over economic and financial matters would focus on the implementation of a socio-economic development plan and the budget, unveiled last Wednesday when the congress opened. Mr Zhu also pledged to strengthen supervision over the financial sector, tackling smuggling and the manufacturing of fake and poor quality products. Commenting on last year's performance, Mr Zhu admitted the issues of livelihood and re-employment for laid-off workers were 'serious'. Special attention had been called for by both the Communist Party and the State Council to handle the task with special attention and care. He expressed regret, however, that 'a few important and urgent regulations have not been legislated in time'.