2013-03-15 China Focus: Government Function Reform
    2013-03-14 17:54:29     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Qian Shanming


The seventh round of government restructuring is underway in China as the country takes a bolder move to enhance governance efficiency and transform government functions. The reshuffle plan was revealed at this year's annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature. The move will see the total number of China's ministries being cut to 25 from 27.

Under the new plan, China's all-powerful Ministry of Railways will be scrapped and separated into an executive arm, which now falls under the Ministry of Transport and a corporate arm that runs China's train services. A number of other ministries are also integrated and reorganized to create a more accountable system and cut red tape.

China's move to streamline its government was widely believed to be a right step towards a law-based government with clear division of power. It's also a bid to reduce administrative intervention in the market, enhance the quality of public service and promote social justice.

So how do experts assess the latest round of government restructuring in China? And how can government departments work more efficiently in the future?

Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

We speak to Professor Linda Che-lan LI, with the Department of Public and Social Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong and Song Shiming, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

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