NNA - China on Sunday reappointed Yi Gang as head of the central bank in an effort to reassure entrepreneurs and financial markets by showing continuity at the top while other economic officials change during a period of uncertainty in the world's second-largest economy.
Yi, whose official title is governor of the People's Bank of China, plays no role in making monetary policy, unlike his counterparts in other major economies. His official duties lie in "implementing monetary policy," or carrying out decisions made by a policymaking body whose membership is a secret.
But the central bank governor acts as spokesperson for monetary policy, is the most prominent Chinese figure in global finance and is in charge of reassuring bankers and investors at a time when China's economy is emerging from drastically slower growth.
At the March 5 opening of the annual session of China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress, China announced plans for a consumer-led revival of the struggling economy, setting this year's growth target at "around 5%."
Last year's growth fell to 3%, the second-weakest level since at least the 1970s, putting president and head of the ruling Communist Party Xi Jinping under exceptional pressure to revitalize the economy. --- NPR