Guangdong Chosen to Pilot Efforts in Cutting Red Tape
Guangdong Province was given approval by the State Council to pilot new efforts in streamlining bureaucratic red tape, thus setting an example for the rest of the country. The State Council approval designates Guangdong as the pilot region for the reforms, which are called the administrative examination and approval system that will last until 2015.
The State Council also decided to cut 314 types of government approvals that are mostly related to non-financial sectors, private investments and small businesses. the streamlining of government approval came after a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao as a part of the Central Government’s clean up attempt in regulation. During the meet Premier Jiabao said that Guangdong is the vanguard of economic reform and has a more mature economy than other provinces in China.
In the annual session of the National People’s Congress, Guangdong officials along with Party chief Wang Yang asked for reforms that are aimed at balancing decision making, monitoring powers in government and executive authority. Wang said they need more support from the State Council in order to break through the existing legal barriers. Wang wants to see if they can get backing from several departments by giving power to Guangdong to pilot reforms. If there’s a legal barrier a petition will be filed against it.