Guide­line set on trans­parency and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE and HUYONG QI Con­tact the writer at zhangyue@chinadaily.com.cn

The gov­ern­ment will im­ple­ment more spe­cific rules to im­prove gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion trans­parency, with ex­panded public par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­cy­mak­ing and bet­ter shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion.

A new guide­line, which spec­i­fies re­quire­ments for trans­parency of gov­ern­ment af­fairs, was ap­proved on Mon­day dur­ing a State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang.

“Gov­ern­ment af­fairs trans­parency is vi­tal to trans­form­ing gov­ern­ment func­tions,” Li said. “And we need bet­ter ef­forts to im­prove gov­ern­ment af­fairs trans­parency.”

The new guide­line is a set of spe­cific rules on im­prov­ing trans­parency through the stages of pol­i­cy­mak­ing, im­ple­men­ta­tion, in­for­ma­tion reg­u­la­tion and public ser­vices, as well as for keep­ing the public in­formed.

It des­ig­nates, for ex­am­ple, that by the end of next year, gov­ern­ment at all lev­els should set up a sys­tem that al­lows public at­ten­dance, es­pe­cially by the me­dia, stake­hold­ers and ex­perts, at gov­ern­ment meet­ings.

It also re­quires that pol­icy doc­u­ments, es­pe­cially those that may have a cru­cial im­pact on peo­ple’s lives, need feed­back from the public be­fore they are is­sued. Ad­di­tion­ally, gov­ern­ments at all lev­els must set up a cat­a­log by the end of 2018 of the types of doc­u­ments that are to be pub­li­cized, and the cat­a­logs are to be ad­justed fre­quently.

Li said that gov­ern­ment at all lev­els should work hard to build a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for public ser­vices as well as gov­ern­ment re­source-shar­ing, in order to en­hance pol­icy in­ter­pre­ta­tion, and should promptly re­ply to con­cerns from the public.

More ad­e­quate and prompt in­ter­pre­ta­tion of State Coun­cil-level poli­cies is re­quired, ac­cord­ing to the new guide­line. Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in charge of draft­ing par­tic­u­lar poli­cies should give a full in­ter­pre­ta­tion when such poli­cies are is­sued.

“Through ef­forts to im­prove gov­ern­ment trans­parency, we will work to make our gov­ern­ment more ser­vice-ori­ented and pro­vide more con­ve­nience for those start­ing busi­nesses,” Li said.

The new guide­line calls for defin­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity across all gov­ern­ment de­part­ments re­gard­ing in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and trans­parency. Mean­while, third-party eval­u­a­tions will also be in­tro­duced to as­sess how well the new mea­sures are im­ple­mented.

The gov­ern­ment has been mak­ing com­pre­hen­sive ef­forts to im­prove public in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and gov­ern­ment trans­parency since 2013.

“En­sur­ing gov­ern­ment af­fairs trans­parency is a duty for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments at all lev­els,” Li em­pha­sized.

“For poli­cies that may ex­ert a big in­flu­ence on the mar­ket as well as peo­ple’s liveli­hood in par­tic­u­lar, gov­ern­ment should in­form the public of these poli­cies promptly. Oth­er­wise, any de­lay may fail mar­ket ex­pec­ta­tions, and thus have an ill ef­fect on the econ­omy as well as public con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment. ”

“Es­pe­cially in cases of public emer­gency, re­lated de­part­ments should take the ini­tia­tive in shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with the public and an­swer­ing con­cerns from the me­dia,” Li added.

En­sur­ing gov­ern­ment af­fairs trans­parency is a duty for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments at all lev­els.”

Premier Li Ke­qiang

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