When talking about his former terrible experiences on countless paperwork before applying for projects from the government, Li Bingji, deputy general manager of Lufeng Material and Supplying Cooperation from Shanwei, a eastern city of Guangdong, cannot help spitting out his sufferings.
A pilot reform on government’s project management since last March changed the situation. With essential materials and a completed applying form, now Li can easily get the permission within several days.
This is one of Guangdong’s pilot reforms. Guangdong has been applying itself to a pioneer for China’s reform and opening-up and the vanguard to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, and in the past several decades, many national policies have been trialed here before being implemented in the whole country.
Now in a new era, Guangdong has been encouraged to keep the courage to be innovative, and conducting more experimental trials in deepening reform.
Pilot area for exploring new policies before expanded nationally
What Li has benefited from is a new policy that initially piloted in Guangdong on March 1st of 2015. According to the report from Nanfang Metropolitan Daily, Guangdong started a new method of managing enterprise investment projects called the list management mode at that time.
Under the new mode, a negative list has been set. Investment in all sectors should be allowed unless the projects are listed as prohibited or restricted under the Negative List. Also another list was established, helping the public to know all the administrative approval items. This means that the procedures of administrative approval are more transparent, which makes entrepreneurs like Li more convenient. Moreover, how the government supervises those projects are also limited by the government regulation list, which defines the government’s legal duties during and after the project.
Now parts of this management mode have been introduced to the other provinces. According to reports from Xinhua News Agency, the State Council decided to simplify and optimize the administrative approval on enterprises’ investment on highway construction this November. Meanwhile a list of intermediary services during the highways construction was set.
Guangdong has set the aim to provide its experiences to the launch of a national negative-list management system within one or two years.
This is only one example. Guangdong has launched its own pilot Free Trade Zone last April, targeting to building an international, market-oriented and law-based business environment. Now more than 50 items of reforming experiences have been formed in the zone and all have already been promoted in the province. Among them 2 were chosen as best samples for exploring further reform by the central government.