CPC resolution says government reform 'imperative'
Updated: 2008-03-04 23:25
BEIJING -- The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has said that pursuing further administrative reform is "imperative" for the building of a service-oriented, responsible, law-respecting and clean government.
The CPC National Committee made public a resolution titled "Opinions on deepening reform of the administrative system", which was adopted by the 17th CPC Central Committee at its second plenary session on February 27.
The resolution will be handed over for debate to the First Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), due to open on Wednesday.
"Reforming the administrative system is an important part of political reform," the document says, adding it is an inevitable demand for the upper structure to adapt to the changes of economic reality.
"The reform will run through the whole process of the country's Reform, Opening-up and Socialist Modernization Drive," it stresses. The CPC Central Committee and the State Council have attached great importance to the reform of administrative management, according to the document.
Since the launch of the Reform and Opening-up Drive in the late 1970s, particularly since the 16th Party Congress in 2002, China has constantly pushed forward administrative reform and achieved much, it says.
Generally, it says, China's administrative system is suitable to the requirements of economic and social development and is capable of ensuring the development of the Reform, Opening-up and Socialist Modernization Drive.
China stands at a new historic starting-point for developing a prosperous society in a comprehensive way and the Reform and Opening-up Drive has entered into a crucial stage, the document says, adding: "Facing the new situation and new tasks, the existing system of administrative management still has some aspects that are not compliant."
The resolution lists those unsuitable aspects, such as insufficient change in government functions, excessive administrative interference in micro-economic operations, and relatively weaker social management and public services.
There are other outstanding problems, such as overlapping functions of government departments, disparities between power and responsibility, and low efficiency.
It further points out that the setting of government departments is less rational and the administrative operation and managerial system remains imperfect. There still exist the phenomena of the abuse of power, the gain of personal profits through the use of public power, and corruption, due to the imperfect supervisory and restrictive mechanism on administrative powers.
China will deepen administrative reform by upholding the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, with Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Important Thought of "Three Represents", which says the CPC has always represented the most advanced productivity and culture and the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people, and by further implementing the Scientific Concept of Development.