China’s reformed govt assessment hailed as landmark |Politics |chinadaily.com.cn

China\’s official evaluation system has abandoned GDP-obsessed assessments and puts more emphasis on public well-being and the environment.

\”It\’s a historical turning point that shows solid steps to deepen reform,\” said Wang Yukai, professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, who believes the new system will help CPC members do a better job.

Gross regional product and its growth will no longer be the main determinants of local administrators\’ success or failure, according to a circular on improving evaluation of local authorities, released on Monday.

The GDP growth has been the major index for assessing local performance for many years and has led to blind pursuit of growth by some local authorities at the cost of the environment and residents\’ livelihoods.

The document issued by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, gives greater emphasis to indices related to the waste of resources, environmental protection, excess capacity and production safety. Evaluation of scientific innovation, education, culture, employment, social insurance and health should all be encouraged, it said.

The new assessment regime will make use of indices of sustainable economic development, quality of life, social harmony and ecological protection, said Xie Chuntao, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

The circular echoes a key reform decision made by the CPC Central Committee last month, part of which vowed to improve the evaluation system.

via China’s reformed govt assessment hailed as landmark |Politics |chinadaily.com.cn.

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