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China to put more government administrative services online

Updated: Sep 14,2016 9:45 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has decided to put more administrative services online to improve transparency and efficiency in the government’s work, the State Council announced on Sept 14.

The government will continue pushing its “Internet Plus” initiative to improve administrative services, cut red tape and reduce costs, according a statement by the State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

Administrative services that can be carried out online, such as business registration and accreditation, should not require on the spot handling, according to the statement.

The government will encourage the integration of government administration with online platforms, to facilitate cross-department and cross-region administrative services, the statement added.

The State Council also urged all its departments to share real-time official data with local governments’ online platforms.

There are also plans to build an integrated online administration platform for the public by 2017, and create one-stop nationwide e-government services by 2020.

Meanwhile, China will improve regulations regarding digital identification, such as digital signatures, and increase efforts to guard individual privacy and against the leaking of commercial secrets, the statement added.

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