UNDP joins high-level discussion on Public Sector Reform in Henan

11 May 2013

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The 5th Annual Meeting of the China Society for Public Sector Reform and a seminar on Government Responsibility System took place on 11 May in Zhengzhou, Henan. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China Ms. Renata Dessallien addressed the event and joined other participants in exchanging views on how a government responsibility system should be established to help reach the public administration reform targets set at the 17th and 18th Party Congresses and in the 7th round of government reform starting in March 2013.

The event was sponsored by the China Research Society for Public Sector Reform and hosted by the Henan Provincial Commission Office for Public Sector Reform (COPSR) and the Henan Provincial Society for Public Sector Reform (SPSR), and. It convened influential public administration experts from Peking University, Nankai University, Henan University Chinese Public Administration Society and China Society of Administration Reform and other think tanks, as well as Director-General level officials from SCOPSR and CSPSR and their local branches from 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

During her stay in Henan province, Ms. Dessallien also took the opportunity to exchange views with the new Governor of Henan Province Xie Fuzhan on potential cooperation between UNDP and Henan.

Governor Xie shared Henan’s achievements in securing food supplies for a population of nearly 100 million people and its experience in reducing administrative layers by having counties managed directly by provincial government. He also described Henan’s administrative reform to promote economic development zones in central China. Ms. Dessallien later discussed local efforts to improve governance, resilient development and public service delivery with Vice Governor Mr. Li Ke and local leaders from Anyang and Luoyang.