The Government is pushing to streamline the country's tax regime with the introduction of new charges aimed at broadening China's narrow collection base. Authorities are also seeking to amend a law governing tax collection. Experts were quoted by the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency as saying the amendments were urgently needed because of China's imminent admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). They added that a number of export subsidies would have to be abolished after China became a full WTO member. Membership also required China to establish a stable and transparent tax environment. The amendments were expected to plug some of the loopholes in existing legislation and curb tax evasion. Sun Gang, a research director of the Ministry of Finance, was quoted as saying the Government would introduce a consumption tax and make use of the interest tax introduced last year to boost its tax revenue.