Most govt web­sites re­leas­ing info on time

In­for­ma­tion shar­ing needs to be pro­moted to re­spond to pub­lic queries

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - By HUYONGQI huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China aims to make nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion pub­lic on gov­ern­ment web­sites and re­spond to pub­lic con­cerns in a timely man­ner. A re­cent re­view by the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, showed about 85 per­cent of gov­ern­ment web­sites dis­closed crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in a timely fash­ion and the num­ber of “zom­bie” gov­ern­ment web­sites had dropped sharply.

The State Coun­cil re­viewed 746 gov­ern­ment web­sites in June, in­clud­ing the por­tals of 71 de­part­ments un­der the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and 32 provin­cial­go­v­ern­ments. The re­sults, re­leased on July 26, showed only 15 per­cent of gov­ern­ment web­sites were not com­ply­ing with the stan­dard re­quire­ment of timely dis­clo­sure of in­for­ma­tion and re­spond­ing to pub­lic con­cerns. The re­view also showed more than 80 per­cent of lo­cal gov­ern­ment web­sites pub­lished State Coun­cil no­tices within 24 hours of their re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the re­view, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment min­istries un­der the State Coun­cil and such pro­vin­cial-level gov­ern­ments as Bei­jing, Liaon­ing andQing­hai are among the best per­form­ers in terms of e-gov­ern­ment de­vel­op­ment.

The re­view, how­ever, found 112 gov­ern­ment web­sites were not com­ply­ing with the re­quire­ments — they had not been up­dated for a long time and didn’t re­spond to ne­ti­zens’ ques­tions on time. Some of them didn’t even pro­vide ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal gov­ern­ments and de­part­ments.

Con­se­quently, the State Coun­cil asked gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to at­tach greater im­por­tance to web­sites, and in­ter­act reg­u­larly with gov.cn, the of­fi­cial web­site of China’s Cab­i­net.

The re­view is con­sid­ered an Ma Baocheng,

How­ever, many de­part­ments are re­luc­tant to share the in­for­ma­tion they have with other de­part­ments.” re­searcher, Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance

im­por­tant part of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to be more trans­par­ent and to stream­line the ad­min­is­tra­tion, which Premier Li Ke­qiang first high­lighted in last March, in or­der to in­te­grate gov­ern­ment work with the in­ter­net.

“Ef­forts were ac­cel­er­ated to in­crease gov­ern­ment trans­parency and ex­pand the ap­pli­ca­tion of e-gov­ern­ment and on­line ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Li said in the Gov­ern­ment Work Re­port in­March.

Li also said ef­forts made to make gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions more trans­par­ent by us­ing both tra­di­tional and new me­dia, in­clud­ing the in­ter­net, to re­spond in a timely man­ner to so­cial con­cerns and in­form the pub­lic about the gov­ern­ment’s work.

Web­sites are crit­i­cal to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­mote bet­ter ser­vices, mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to get the gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval, said Ma Baocheng, di­rec­tor of the De­ci­sion-Mak­ing and Con­sul­ta­tion Depart­ment of the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance.

In his Gov­ern­ment Work Re­port last year, Li said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment will es­tab­lish a mech­a­nism to cre­ate and mon­i­tor ac­count­abil­ity for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ma­jor gov­ern­ment poli­cies, and in­tro­duce third-party eval­u­a­tions.

The re­viewed web­sites ac­count for less than 2 per­cent of China’s more than 60,000 gov­ern­ment web­sites, said Zhang Nan, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Ts­inghua Univer­sity’s School of Pub­lic Pol­icy and Man­age­ment. “Gov­ern­ments un­der the city level have even more prob­lems and need more strin­gent su­per­vi­sion and mon­i­tor­ing,” she said.

Ma par­tic­i­pated in a third­party eval­u­a­tion last year and found that gov­ern­ments in some prov­inces ex­celled in run­ning of­fi­cial web­sites, al­low­ing res­i­dents to up­load re­quired ma­te­ri­als to get ap­proval for businesses. “In Guang­dong prov­ince, about 80 per­cent of the items can be ap­proved on­line. The web­sites are in­ter­con­nected, from pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to the city, county and town­ship gov­ern­ments,” Ma says.

The gov­ern­ment pos­sesses about 85 per­cent of the coun­try’s in­for­ma­tion, Li said at the open­ing cer­e­mony of China Big Data Sum­mit in Guiyang, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Guizhou prov­ince, in­May.

“How­ever, many de­part­ments are re­luc­tant to share the in­for­ma­tion they have with other de­part­ments,” Ma says. “This needs to be ad­dressed in the fu­ture with a top-level de­sign by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment that would pro­mote in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and con­nect them to meet the de­mand of the pub­lic.”

rough num­ber of China’s gov­ern­ment web­sites

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