According to the 2009-2013 Development Planning of National Standards for the Service Industry (Plan), by the end of 2013, China will have formulated and revised over 1,100 additional service industry standards, reaching about 4,000 service industry standards in total. The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services is one of the major foundations on which the Plan was formulated.
The Plan clearly categorizes China's service sector, and highlights a series of industry types, such as the public service industry associated with social affairs, manufacturing services associated closely with various industries, the high-end knowledge-intensive service industry, emerging service industries associated with mass consumption, and locality-specific unique service industries.
China's service industry accounts for over 40 percent of its gross domestic product. In some large- and medium-sized cities, the proportion has even risen to 60 or 70 percent and continued to climb year after year. China released its 2005-2008 Development Planning of National Standards for the Service Industry prior to this Plan, and at present, there are 2,550 service industry standards.
However, there is a shortage of standards in emerging service industries and the knowledge-intensive service industry, and the general level of the standards in use is relatively low. Some issues need to be resolved urgently, including a lack of advanced technological ideas and unsatisfactory implementation of standards.
China plans to formulate and revise about 200 standards each year from 2009 to 2013. Standards in key sectors of the service industry have essentially matched the international level, and China has led or substantially participated in the research and formulation of about 10 international standards.
National standards have been effectively implemented in the key sectors of China's service industry. In addition, around 500 pilot sites have been set up to implement service industry standards.
By People's Daily Online