Efforts to improve government affairs transparency
Beijing: The Chinese government will implement rules more specifically to improve government information transparency, calling for more public participation in policy making and better sharing of information. A new guideline, which specifies a set of requirements on government affairs transparency, was approved on Monday during the State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang. “Government affairs transparency is vital to transforming government functions,” Mr Li said. “And we need better efforts in improving government affairs transparency.” The new guideline is a set of specific rules and requirements on improving government affairs transparency. This is done through stages of policy making, implementation, information regulation, public services as well as keeping the public informed.
It designates that by the end of 2017, government at all levels should set up a system that allows attendance from the public at government meetings, especially attendance from the press, stakeholders, and experts.
It requires that policy documents, especially those that may impose or result in a crucial impact on people’s lives, need feedback from the public before they are issued.
It also requires government at all levels to set up a specified catalog for types of documents that ought to be publicised by the end of 2018, while adjustment will be constantly required on such catalogs. Mr Li pointed out that government should work hard in building a comprehensive platform for public services and government resource sharing so as to enhance policy interpretation, while giving a prompt reply to public concerns. Xinhua