Beijing has vowed to reduce expenditure by government units by
10 percent this year, looking to set an example for other places to
follow and to take the lead in developing a conservation-minded
To reach the target, the Beijing municipal government will keep
a tight control on expenditure on items such as meetings, travel
and transportation, according to government sources.
It will stop the construction of luxury office buildings and has
ordered all government units to build no more training centers. The
number of meetings and documents will be reduced.
Government units have been forbidden to compete with one another
in lavishness or rash spending.
As the capital of China, Beijing has taken the lead in cutting
government expenditure, which may encourage other provinces,
autonomous regions and municipalities to follow suit, said Ren
Yuling, a national political advisor.
"Reaching the 10 percent target is not the be-all and end-all.
However, Beijing's example is of great importance," Ren said.
The administrative cost of China's governments at all levels are
25 percent more than the average level in the world, which is
worrying the Chinese leadership.
It is reported that a city in central China's Hubei Province
spent 15 million yuan on government cars annually, 11 million yuan
more than what would have been needed if the cars had been
Premier Wen Jiabao said last month while delivering a government
work report that "one important task we are now facing is to deal
with the serious problem of extravagance and waste in some
Wen said "we will...work to reduce government overheads and
build a conservation-minded government."
Beijing tightened its management of overseas travel by officials
last year in a bid to reduce government overheads. The municipal
government rejected 251 unnecessary overseas travel plans involving
(Xinhua News Agency April 4, 2007)