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New Year Address

The New Year arrives at the earth with the oncoming spring. The deep ring of 2018 is incised on the stump of the new era, while the New Year 2019 is greeting the world. At the beautiful moment ringing out the Old Year and ringing in the New Year, on behalf of State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC), I would like to extend my new year greetings to cadres and staffs, as well as retired veteran comrades of the national tobacco industry and their families, my heartfelt thanks to Party committees and governments, and departments concerned at all levels, who have been rendering care and support to the development of tobacco industry, and my new year blessings to extensive tobacco growers and cigarette retail clients who have made contributions and offered ardent support to the progress of tobacco industry! I sincerely wish you all good health, successful career and happy family in the New Year!


The reform tide is overwhelming with the blowing of a new era. 2018 marks an extraordinary year for China to march forward. Steadfastly upholding the guideline of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the whole industry has conscientiously studied and implemented the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, and the major decisions and deployments of the Party Central Committee and the State Council. Furthermore, the tobacco industry has formulated strategy and train of thought for the quality development of tobacco industry oriented by the objectives and missions confirmed on the National Tobacco Working Meeting held in the beginning of the year. Hence, the industry has yielded positive outcomes in reform and development, and various works have been raised to a new level.


Only struggles bring success despite the arduousness of entrepreneurship. "Although the reform and opening up have undergone numerous difficulties, there is a long and arduous way in front." 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China, and a key year to build a moderately well-off society in an all-round way, which reflect a great significance in performing well works throughout the year. We shall profoundly implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and the second and third plenary sessions of the Central Committee, and earnestly implement the arrangements made in the Central Economic Work Conference and the National Industrial and Information Work Conference under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, so as to accurately grasp the new connotation of China's development in the period of important strategic opportunities, adhere to the general tone of seeking progress while maintaining stability, the new development philosophy and the main line of supply-side structural reform, accelerate the establishment of modern tobacco economic system, and strive to promote the quality development of the industry.


Thoughts scatter light rays on the course of progressing like the torch; practice is silent while bursting overwhelming strength. "Belief, faith and confidence never lose their significance at any moment." To usher in the new year, we shall make practical the general requirements of Party building for the new era, enhance the leadership of the Party to economy, seriously sum up successful practices and experience of the industry, soberly analyze problems and challenges the industry facing, and actively respond to the new requirements in the new era commanded by the reinforced political construction. With unity in thinking and action, we shall implement policies and guidelines, as well as work arrangements of the Party Central Committee in an innovative manner, and unhesitatingly embark on the course of high-quality development to form the policy system that facilitates the high-quality development of the industry.


We shall deepen our understanding to the rules of economic works in the new circumstances, so as to constantly improve the economic performance, and increase our confidence in overcoming difficulties and meeting challenges. We shall gain a profound understanding to the new connotation in the period of important strategic opportunities, fully take advantage of the window phase of the tobacco industry moving towards promising direction, adhere to the regulatory guidelines featuring "Control in Gross, and Balance a Slightly Tight Market", adjust well the inventory, the gross and the structure, further optimize the operational condition, accelerate the optimization and upgrading of economic structure, enhance the capability of technological innovation, deepen the reform and opening up, and expedite the green development, so as to change pressure into the motivation for speeding up the high-quality development by all manner of means.


Firmly insisting on the main line of supply-side structural reform, we shall implement the eight-word policy of "consolidating, enhancing, upgrading and unblocking", and continue to fulfill the key missions of "capacity reduction, de-stocking, deleveraging, cost reduction and underdeveloped areas improvement". While optimizing the product structure for the adjustment to the new changes of consumer demand, we shall unceasingly promote the dynamic integration between the comprehensive application of tobacco infrastructures and the poverty alleviation & innovation of the industry, strictly maintain the market operation order, and advance the tobacco control fulfillment according to the law, so as to consistently improve the quality and efficiency of the supply system of tobacco industry.


"The midway poses greater challenge". Since the new atmosphere for the new era has been created, the motivation to write new chapters shall be stronger instead of being weakened. At present, in the face of severe and complicated challenges, the industry has been imposed on tough and heavy tasks for reform and development. We shall stay true to our original intention, and keep in mind our missions to progress towards the reform and innovation with determination steadfastly. In addition, we shall thoroughly boost the high-quality development of the industry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China with excellent performance, an enterprising spirit and indomitable attitude of striving.