Ef­forts to im­prove govern­ment af­fairs trans­parency

Fiji Sun - - World News -

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

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