Sunday, September 11, 2011

China uses IT-enabled transparency to prevent corruption

The Hindu 10 September 2011 by Suresh Nambath
Online electronic bidding for government projects, hotline to receive complaints are some of the key features
While taking efforts to create an international cooperation mechanism to fight corruption, China is bringing in greater transparency in the working of government departments and agencies, and establishing standardised rules and procedures to ensure fairness and quick redress of people's grievances.

The Communist Party of China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), which, among other things, supervises the implementation of anti-corruption measures, has now put in place an information technology-enabled system of openness and fairness in administration covering a range of issues — from transparency in bidding for government projects to checking abuse of power and authority by officials at every level.

Foreign journalists, hosted by the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, were taken on a tour of some of the provinces where the system was at work, and given a demonstration of the key features of the drive against corruption.

At Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu province, authorities have introduced an online electronic bidding system, ‘e-sunshine', in an attempt to prevent collusive tendering, exclusion of genuine bidders, and unfair evaluation of bids.
China uses IT-enabled transparency to prevent corruption

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