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China sets new criteria for public institution leadership

Updated: Jun 3,2015 2:13 PM

A series of interim provisions on leadership in public institutions were implemented on May 28, regulating various aspects such as qualifications, selection, appointments and evaluations.

The provisions, issued by the General Office of the State Council, are part of efforts to push forward reform of public institutions with the aim of serving the public with better services.

The implementation of these regulations will help to improve the procedures that select, appoint and supervise the leaders of public institutions, as well as promoting the development of the public good, according to a circular released along with the provisions.

All parties are required to improve the management of leadership under strict standards in accordance with the provisions, and create the conditions where ability will be rewarded.

The provisions, divided into 9 chapters, regulate qualification requirements, selections and appointments, tenure duties and responsibilities, appraisals, career development, supervision and exit procedures for public institution leaders.

In terms of selection, public institutions will be allowed to explore ways to hire leaders, including through third-party agencies, according to their own requirements.

The tenure of leaders is generally three to five years and no one will be allowed to hold the same post for more than 10 consecutive years.

According to the regulations, incomes for public institution cadres will be decided according to evaluation results and will be related to their performance as well as the institution’s long-term development while keeping in mind the average income of other employees.

The importance of abiding by political discipline and family virtues was also highlighted in terms of strict supervision of the leaders.