Communist Party leaders began to finalise the massive restructuring plan for the government and key personnel decisions at a Politburo meeting yesterday before the National People's Congress rubber-stamps them at its annual meeting next month. Two proposals - one on deepening reforms in governance and the other on the structural reform of the State Council - were discussed at yesterday's Politburo meeting, which was chaired by President and party chief Hu Jintao, according to Xinhua. The party should 'unswervingly push forward the administrative reforms and institutional reforms' as indispensable components of deeper and meaningful economic reform, the Xinhua report said. The Politburo members were also thrashing out the final makeup and policy roles of Premier Wen Jiabao's cabinet, the makeup of which will officially be decided at the NPC meeting, which starts on March 5. A plenary meeting of elite party leaders would be held from Monday to Wednesday to settle the reform proposals and personnel decisions. It will be only the second time for all new Central Committee members to convene after they were appointed at the party's 17th National Congress in October. Beijing is believed to be mulling over plans to streamline its bureaucracy by merging ministerial-level agencies with similar responsibilities into 'super ministries' to help them respond quickly to shifting economic and social demands. No restructuring plans have been announced, but details could emerge at the NPC meeting. That is when Mr Wen will begin his second five-year term, and a new term is the traditional time for such reshuffling. Among the changes being discussed were establishing a new ministry of energy and a new ministry of transport, and upgrading the environmental regulator into a cabinet-level ministry in response to concerns that local governments are not implementing Beijing's mandates. Another hot topic is a new financial 'super ministry' that would combine the three agencies now overseeing banking, securities and insurance. However, some central government officials implied recently that this change was unlikely until next year because of the complexity involved. On the personnel front, with the exception of Mr Wen and Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu, who will continue to oversee agriculture policy, all vice-premiers and state councillors are expected to be new. One prominent member of the new cabinet is likely to be Wang Qishan , the former Beijing mayor who is expected to be named as a vice-premier. He will take over the heavyweight portfolios of financial affairs, foreign trade and investment. Li Keqiang , a protege of Mr Hu who is widely expected to become the next premier in 2013, could become the executive vice-premier with responsibility for part of the macroeconomic portfolio.