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China to stem abuse of gov't-funded seminars

(Xinhua)

08:50, February 07, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- China will further efforts to stem excessive use or abuse of government-funded ceremonies and seminars as part of its deepened war on corruption, according to the 2012 work agenda of the Ministry of Supervision.

Citing the agenda, the ministry in a statement issued Monday said China this year will make steady moves in supervision over the key areas and aspects, from where recurring corruption cases continue to cost public trust over government officials.

Last year China canceled 2,549 government-funded ceremonies, seminars and forums deemed to be unnecessary.

The move helped save 1.22 billion yuan (193 million U.S. dollars) for the country in 2011, according to official figures.

In Monday's statement, the Ministry of Supervision said in 2012 it will continue rectifying irregularities in the sector of construction projects, and those malpractices concerning use of public-funded vehicles in 2012.

Furthermore, it vowed serious investigations into cases involving dereliction of duty by government officials, especially those pertaining to production safety, food and drug quality, and pollution incidents.


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