Out­dated doc­u­ments dropped to pro­mote ef­fi­ciency

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE andHUYONGQI

The State Coun­cil has de­cided to in­val­i­date hun­dreds of out­dated doc­u­ments to tackle con­flicts in reg­u­la­tions and im­prove ad­min­is­tra­tive ef­fi­ciency.

The de­ci­sion was made on Wed­nes­day at a State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that was presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang.

“Our goal, by in­val­i­dat­ing these out­dated doc­u­ments, is to get rid of out­dated reg­u­la­tions that hin­der mar­ket po­ten­tial, en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit and in­no­va­tion,” Li said.

More than 500 doc­u­ments that af­fect the coun­try’s sus­tain­able growth, struc­tural re­form and peo­ple’s liveli­hood were an­nounced to be in­valid af­ter Wed­nes­day's meet­ing. All had been is­sued be­tween 1978 and 2013, dur­ing which time China started and car­ried out its re­form and open­ing-up strat­egy. Some of the doc­u­ments were is­sued for a par­tic­u­lar so­cial or eco­nomic con­text.

Over the decades, many reg­u­la­tions cov­er­ing sim­i­lar ar­eas were is­sued to bet­ter suit the coun­try’s evolv­ing sit­u­a­tion. This caused pos­si­ble over­laps with older reg­u­la­tions, which were still legally ef­fec­tive buthadn’t been over­hauled.

Ma­jor doc­u­ments that were in­val­i­dated in­clude those that were ob­vi­ously not adapted to the mar­ket econ­omy or were un­nec­es­sar­ily re­stric­tive of en­ter­prises’ op­er­a­tions, pric­ing and fund man­age­ment.

Doc­u­ments re­lated to work­place safety and food se­cu­rity were not af­fected.

In De­cem­ber, 489 out­dated doc­u­ments were an­nounced as be­ing in­valid in the first stage of the ef­fort to over­haul doc­u­ments. An of­fice set up un­der the State Coun­cil to work on the task con­sulted de­part­ments, ex­perts and ne­ti­zens.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Li called for all re­lated gov­ern­ments to clean out out­dated doc­u­ments to fur­ther stream­line ad­min­is­tra­tion and to del­e­gate power to lower tiers.

Ex­perts said the move is in line with gov­ern­ment ef­forts to trans­form gov­ern­ment func­tions. It will help gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to work more ef­fec­tively, with fewer in­sti­tu­tional costs that arise from reg­u­la­tions that have out­lived their use­ful­ness, and will im­prove gov­ern­ment cred­i­bil­ity, they said.

Wang Manchuan, sec­re­taryof theChina So­ci­ety of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form, said the move to in­val­i­date out­dated doc­u­ments will elim­i­nate con­flict­ing reg­u­la­tions and spur mar­ket vi­tal­ity, mo­ti­vat­ing more in­vest­ment do­mes­ti­cally.

Inthe past, many reg­u­la­tive doc­u­ments didn’t have an ex­pi­ra­tion date, of­ten caus­ing con­flicts with new reg­u­la­tions an­nounced by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, Wang said. This con­fused lo­cal gov­ern­ments when it came to im­ple­ment­ing re­forms, ac­cord­ing toWang.

Our goal ... is to get rid of out­dated reg­u­la­tions that hin­der mar­ket po­ten­tial.”

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