HARBIN - China's anti-corruption authorities have called for "steadfast determination" to publish government budgets.
Many of China's official organizations and local governments still feared "difficulty" and made no moves to publish their budgets, said a statement released Thursday by the Ministry of Supervision and the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention (NBCP).
The statement came at the end of a two-day seminar attended by almost 80 officials and experts from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR) and Macao SAR on effective measures to publish government budgets.
Publication of budgets was an important reform of government finance and of great significance to the transformation of government functions and to social and economic development, said the statement.
The statement outlined five principles in pushing forward the work of publicizing government budgets.
It must conform with the progress of socialist democracy, the level of social and economic development and the reform of government finance system.
In advancing the publication of government budgets, greater efforts should be put into optimizing a mechanism and incorporating it into the the system for corruption penalties and prevention, the statement said.
Ma Wen, Supervision Minister and NBCP director, addressed the seminar in Harbin city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province.