Govern­ment ser­vices to get boost through In­ter­net Plus

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE and HUYONGQI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writers at huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China is step­ping up in im­prov­ing govern­ment ser­vices via the In­ter­net Plus and aims to set up a na­tion­wide in­ter­net based govern­ment ser­vice sys­tem by the end of 2020, ac­cord­ing to a new State Coun­cil guide­line.

Th e guide­line was ap­proved at a State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing chaired by Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang on Wed­nes­day.

In­ter­net Plus, pro­posed by Pre­mier Li, refers to ap­ply­ing the in­ter­net and other in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy re­sources to con­ven­tional in­dus­tries to fos­ter new in­dus­tries and busi­nesses.

“We are now liv­ing in the age of in­ter­net. Us­ing in­ter­net tools to fa­cil­i­tate pub­lic ser­vices is an im­por­tant step in ac­cel­er­at­ing the in­ter­net as the fastest and most con­ve­nient way for the govern­ment to in­ter­act and pro­vide ser­vices for peo­ple,” the pre­mier said.

Li brought up the idea of im­prov­ing govern­ment ser­vices and in­for­ma­tion trans­parency via the In­ter­net Plus in his Govern­ment Work Re­port in March. Stream­lin­ing govern­ment func­tions has stood high on the govern­ment’s agenda since 2013.

“The in­ter­net will not only pro­vide peo­ple with more ac­ces­si­ble pub­lic ser­vices, but will also help the govern­ment to im­prove its man­age­ment via var­i­ous ways,” Li said.

The guide­line was drafted based on field re­search across eight provinces. In con­sis­ten­cies were no­ticed in pro­mot­ing in­ter­net based pub­lic ser­vices in many re­gions. A lack of govern­ment in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, reg­u­la­tion in­con­sis­ten­cies and lim­ited on­line pub­lic ser­vices were iden­ti­fied as some of the most com­mon prob­lems. And some re­gions had scarcely got started with the job.

The guide­line sets the goal that cen­tral and re­gional de­part­ments will es­tab­lish an open and in­te­grated in­ter­net plat­form by the end of 2017 that is in­ter­con­nected across ad­min­is­tra­tive lev­els. It aims to build a na­tion­wide In­ter­net Plus Govern­ment Ser­vices Sys­tem by the end of 2020.

The in­te­gra­tion of govern­ment ser­vices with the in­ter­net can re­duce gov­ern­ments’ ex­penses and speed ap­pli­ca­tion and ap­proval pro­cesses for the pub­lic, thus boost­ing ef­fi­ciency by of­fer­ing on­line ser­vices, said Ma Liang, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of pub­lic man­age­ment at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

The in­ter­net ... will also help the govern­ment to im­prove its man­age­ment.” Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang

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