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China plans more cuts to red-tape

Updated: Apr 1,2015 9:32 PM     Xinhua

More measures, including policies on intermediary services, are planned to streamline China’s administrative approvals, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

A document on clearing up intermediary services for administrative approval will be published soon, according to Luo Guosan, with the commission.

In China, applicants seeking approvals have to go through intermediaries in some cases to secure evaluation, authentication or review reports, making the sector fertile ground for corruption.

To make the process more transparent and efficient, the government is committed to delegating powers or canceling the requirements.

Central government departments controlled 1,526 approval items in 2013. About a third of them have since been canceled or delegated to lower agencies. A total of 205 had been abolished by the end of 2014 and the another 248 will be annulled this year.

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