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City govt spending becomes transparent

By Zhao Yinan (China Daily)

09:21, December 26, 2011

JIAOZUO, Henan - Unlike many other mayors in the country whose salaries are carefully concealed from the public, the pay of Lu Guoxian, mayor of Jiaozuo, a city in Central China's Henan province, is published online.

Along with the salaries of government employees, the website of the Jiaozuo finance bureau also regularly publishes information such as the city's annual budget, the progress of government projects, notices of upcoming hearings and the cell phone numbers of finance officers.

A city with a medium-sized economy in Henan, Jiaozuo tops a nationwide government financial transparency ranking with 78 points, according to a study by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2010.

In a country where the disclosure of government information is still not a common practice, Jiaozuo's efforts to disclose its accounts are remarkable, and, to some extent, astonishing.

It's important to take a close look at the reform that a small city has taken on, especially at a moment when a long-awaited amendment on the country's Budget Law is finally before lawmakers this week, after long delays.

It is of equal significance, if not more, to make Jiaozuo's experience relevant to other places.

The financial reform in Jiaozuo dates back to 2000, stemming from a simple but pragmatic reason: saving money.

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koby at 2011-12-26119.59.226.*
It is a very good start! Eaven it`s a very tough jouney!you can not put everything into a crystal box. but you do can put something into the public transparent wepside!

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