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Report on government websites and new media platforms inspection released

Updated: Dec 16,2020 18:50 PM

To achieve greater government transparency, strengthen the expansion of digital governance, and promote the healthy and orderly development of government websites and new media platforms, the State Council inspected the government websites and new media platforms of regions and department at all levels between July to October, to see how they are supervised.

The report is as follows:

328 government websites were inspected, of which 91.8 percent are up to standard. The scores of Guangdong, Beijing, Hunan and three other provincial government websites rank highly. The Ministry of Water Resources, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the State Administration for Market Regulation are also given high scores.

728 government new media platforms were inspected, of which 91.9 percent are up to standard.

This inspection included an assessment of the supervision work of the websites and new media platforms. In general, all regions and departments have actively implemented supervisory responsibilities and strengthened monitoring and performance evaluation, and these have been normalized in their daily work.

Government websites and new media platforms have become important channels to achieve greater government transparency and improve governance capacity.

By setting up topic pages and releasing information in good time, government websites and new media platforms at all levels have played an active role in supporting epidemic prevention and control and helping enterprises get through related difficulties. Thirty-one official websites of provincial-level governments have launched epidemic specials on their front pages and publicized related information in a timely manner.

The websites also released policies and measures to respond to public concerns and provide public services. During this year's “two sessions”, government websites and new media platforms at all levels disseminated the government work report and other news, offering the public an in-depth interpretation of epidemic control and prevention measures and economic and social development.

They made efforts to promote data sharing and integration. Many apps have been launched and these platforms are operating safely. Preliminary statistics show that 39.5 percent of local government websites have been relocated onto the provincial-level platforms, which enables them to build a 24-hour online government. They have also simplified the website functions to offer one-stop government services including policy inquiries, online Q&As and services, and data and resource storage.

Among the inspected government websites, 98.8 percent have policy review columns and 63.4 percent are able to release review articles together with the policies concerned. A total of 45.1 percent respond to simple policy inquiries within five working days and 20.3 percent within two working days, ensuring the public’s right to learn about, participate in and supervise government work.

However, some local governments and departments need to improve their websites and new media platforms. Problems like outdated information, impractical services and lack of responses to inquiries still exist. Policy reviews need to be clearer and more targeted, and there should be further supervision.

The report also stressed the need to strengthen daily supervision, improve service quality, and reinforce management.