May 10, the Ministry of Commerce held a video conference on management of the domestic pharmaceutical distribution industry. The conference presented a review of the management work carried out since 2010, gave an analysis of the industry’s new development trend, and laid out work plans for 2011 in compliance with the “Outline for Development of Pharmaceutical Distribution Industry” in the 12th Five Year Plan period (2011-2015). Jiang Zengwei, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Commerce attended the conference and delivered speech.
According to Vice Minister Jiang, positive progress has been made in the management of the domestic pharmaceutical distribution industry in 2010, a preliminary work system has been established, and foundations for the management work have been reinforced. Jiang also gave praise for the active participation of departments of commerce at all levels in coordinating healthcare reform policies, both effectively facilitating the reform progress and achieving protection of the industry’s legitimate interest. The promulgation of the Outline has been a prominent achievement of the industry management work since last year. 2011 marks the first year of the 12th-Five-Year-Plan. It should also be the time when departments of commerce at all levels study the new development trend of the pharmaceutical distribution industry, and devote themselves to careful study and implementation of the Outline.
Vice Minister Jiang stressed the following points to departments of commerce at all levels, in order to effectively undertake the management work in 2011: to improve the work system and personnel competence; to lay out specific outlines for developing pharmaceutical distribution industry, with attention to local circumstances; to fulfill tasks articulated in the Outline, and explore supporting measures; to meet healthcare reform requirements and actively facilitate the reform process; to highlight structural adjustment and other key works to achieve a comprehensive development; to establish industry-standard system and complete statistics analysis; to launch personnel training programs, and enhance people competence; to promote the construction of an industry credit system, and self-discipline; and to enhance the departments’ own management and development in order to provide quality services.