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Govt policy moves from the past week

Mo Jingxi
Updated: Feb 04,2020 09:29 AM    China Daily

Rules for government information projects

The General Office of the State Council has released measures designed to regulate the construction of projects related to information-oriented government administration.

The measures range from planning and approval to construction and capital management and supervision, a notice published on Jan 21 said.

They are part of the government's efforts to promote interconnectivity and information sharing among different departments' information systems at different levels.

According to the document, the measures mainly apply to information systems such as national unified e-government network platforms whose implementation is the responsibility of State Council departments and units, national information resource libraries and national information security infrastructure.

The National Development and Reform Commission will take the lead in compiling the plan for national information-oriented government administration, before submitting it to the State Council for approval.

In principle, a project should have a proposal, feasibility study report and initial design scheme. If a project has already been included in the plan for national information-oriented government administration, a feasibility study report may be compiled and submitted directly.

As for information sharing projects jointly constructed by different departments, a collective framework plan should be created and submitted to the NDRC.

The unit constructing the project should designate its implementing agency and person in charge, strengthen coordination throughout the whole construction process, and strictly abide by regulations related to bidding, government procurement, engineering supervision and contract management, the document said.

Supervision of the projects will include whether they comply with the country's requirements for administrative information sharing, with the General Office of the State Council, the NDRC, the Ministry of Finance and the Cyberspace Administration of China to assume their respective functions in that regard.

Auditing organs stringently examine the national government administration information system and ensure that special funds are used for their intended purposes.

The measures took effect on Feb 1, replacing interim measures released in 2007.

Poverty alleviation efforts strengthened

China will strengthen poverty alleviation efforts this year, aiming to lift the country's remaining poor counties and impoverished people out of poverty, the State Council announced after an executive meeting on Jan 20.

The meeting urged efforts to win the battle against poverty and secure the basic living conditions of people in straitened circumstances, mapping out major poverty alleviation tasks for 2020.

China will focus on the fight against poverty in deeply impoverished areas in Tibet autonomous region, Xinjiang autonomous region, and the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan.

It will implement measures to stimulate the local economic momentum of poverty-stricken areas by promoting industrial development and creating job opportunities.

Strict assessment of the effectiveness of poverty alleviation programs was also underscored at the meeting.

It stressed the need to maintain existing poverty alleviation policies for counties, villages and people that have shaken off poverty and to provide timely assistance to newly impoverished people and those returning to poverty.

To consolidate the achievement of poverty eradication, the meeting called for the setting up of long-term mechanisms to target relative poverty.