General Office of the State Council issued the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks of Improving Services and Business Environments.

28/08/2019

Ⅰ Introduction

On August 1, 2019, General Office of the State Council issued the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks of Improving Services and Business Environments” (hereinafter, Program for the Division of the Key Tasks).

According to the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks, Premier LI Keqiang delivered an important speech at the National Teleconference on Deepening Reform to Streamline Administration, Delegate Powers, and Improve Regulations, Services and Business Environments. The Program for the Division of the Key Tasks was formulated to ensure the implementation of the key tasks that were identified during the conference.

Ⅱ Standards and standardization work

In the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks, standards are frequently mentioned and relevant standardization work tasks are clearly deployed.

  • Deepen the reform of streamlining administration and delegating powers.

China will further remove some items from the negative list for market access, with no other thresholds or implicit restrictions. A batch of administrative licensing items is also to be cancelled. For the reserved administrative licensing items, the scope, conditions and procedures shall be clarified respectively as simply as possible.

Specific measures related to standardization:

More than 50 administrative licensing items will be cancelled or changed in the way they are administered, and repeated approvals that have been implemented by multiple departments and levels will be cancelled or simplified by the end of 2019. China will draft and publish the list of administrative licensing items set by the central government and at the same time make clear the scope, conditions and validity periods of the licensing work. The requirements for the approval of standards, procedures and time limits shall also be specified.

  • Strengthen fair supervision

The concerned departments should accelerate the development of regulatory rules and standards which are unified, concise and easy to implement for different sectors, and make them public to society. China will also regulate, revise and improve the rules and standards with broad boundaries and flexibility in implementation. The social credit system and credit supervision should be vigorously promoted.

Specific measures related to standardization:

By the end of 2019, the existing major regulatory rules and standards will be revised and improved and made open to the public, with obscure and miscellaneous provisions eliminated as much as possible. Measures to regulate the discretionary power of law enforcement in market supervision, environmental protection, transportation, agriculture, rural areas, cultural markets and other areas of administrative law enforcement are to be formulated, and the legal basis and punishment standards should be made clear.

By the end of 2019, the current enterprise-related on-site inspection items will be comprehensively sorted out and demonstrated. By cancelling, integrating and changing into off-site inspection, repeated or unnecessary inspection items are to be reduced, in an attempt to deal with redundant, frequent or random inspection. China will continue to streamline and regulate items  that have received multiple sanctions, inconsistent standards or that have been adjusted in accordance with the upper law.

By the end of 2020, national unified standards for credit reports will be developed to promote mutual recognition of the credit reports in different places.

China will establish and improve a new credit-based supervision mechanism for customs, in which differentiated measures for customs clearance and supervision should be implemented according to the credit rating an enterprise gets. By the end of 2019, certification standards for enterprises like cross-border e-commerce enterprises will be issued.

  • Improve government services

With the help of the national integrated online government service platform (including the national government service platform, the government service platforms of the relevant departments of the State Council, and all regional government service platforms), national government services are available online and can be handled in different locations or via portable devices. Enterprises only need to go to the government affairs service halls for affairs that must be handled offline.

China will encourage more non-governmental capital to flow into the service sector to open it up to the outside world. In addition, old residential areas in cities should also be restored, and at the same time services including elderly care, childcare, housekeeping, “internet plus education” and “internet plus medical care” will be vigorously developed.

Specific measures related to standardization:

A national integrated online government service platform with the national government service platform (http://www.gjzwfw.gov.cn/) as the hub will be put into operation before September in 2019. China will establish and promote the building of the standards and regulations system, security guarantee system and regulation system for the national integrated online government service platform to make all the government services available online and able to be handled in different locations (other than the places the enterprises are located in). By the end of 2019, China will promote the standardized application and mutual recognition nation-wide for 10 kinds of HD electronic certificates and make more than 100 government services, both in and outside the provinces (districts and municipalities) available online. By the end of 2020, the name, code, basis, type and other basic elements of the administrative service items and the elements of the service guide will be unified at the national, provincial, municipal and county levels.

By the end of 2020, relevant policies on online diagnosis and treatment, and online hospital management will be implemented, and treatment appointments for different times, payment in clinics, mobile payment and other services will be provided by hospitals at or above the second-class level. China will establish a standard system for identifying and grading long-term care needs of the elderly people and strengthen training for nursing assistants to promote the development of the elderly health service industry.

Ⅲ Implementation

The implementation of the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks will be the main point of the 2019 State Council accountability inspection. Regions and departments that make huge progress will be praised and encouraged while those that fail to perform well will be held accountable. Before the end of 2019, a written report on the implementation of the Program for the Division of the Key Tasks shall be submitted to the State Council by all regions and departments.