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Premier stresses construction of clean governance

Updated: Mar 28,2016 9:34 PM

Government at all levels needs to make equal effort in building clean governance and combating corruption, as well as pushing forward reform and development this year, a year that will embrace more challenges for China’s development, Premier Li Keqiang said.

He made the remarks at a State Council meeting on clean governance on March 28.

Premier Li stressed, while vowing to maintain that the country’s economy runs within an appropriate range, that the fight against corruption will be moved further in the coming year. He stressed that effective, clean governance will help achieve stable economic development and social stability.

Several key measures will be carried out to build clean governance and combat corruption this year.

First, the government will continue its efforts in transforming government functions and be more effective in delegating power to lower levels. More projects will be free from administrative approval this year. Investments will no longer require mandatory review unless they are related to security or environmental protection.

Second, officials will be held precisely accountable in implementing key policies and projects from the State Council this year, while awards will be given to those who work effectively in this regard.

“We should be more tolerant to those who make a mistake while exploring new measures, and never hurt their enthusiasm in pushing forward reform,” the Premier added.

Third, strict inspection will be carried out on special financial funds and government spending, and more money will be spent on weaker sectors and improving people’s livelihood.

He also required government at all levels to give a clear list of government powers. The government also is required to use Internet technology and big data, both in supervising various departments and in future trading of public resources, to avoid any possible behavior that could lead to bribery.