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Delegates call accountability key

SHANGHAI needs to build a stronger system of accountability and make Party affairs more open to the public, delegates said at the ongoing 10th Shanghai Municipal Congress of the Communist Party of China.

"We should strengthen the construction of our system of social trust to lay the foundation for a sounder society," said Zhou Bo, director of the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission and deputy secretary general of the local government.

The city should promote an environment emphasizing honesty, self-discipline and mutual trust, Zhou said. It should broaden accountability and increase the public's awareness of punishment and rewards.

"An accountability system covering government, businesses and individuals should be established. Among them, trust in government is the most important," Zhou said.

Liang Guangbi, a 78-year-old delegate, said society needs to strengthen how accountability is carried out.

"Take food safety as an example. It is not that we don't have regulations, but that the execution of the regulations is not effective enough, and the punishment is not so strong as a deterrence," Liang said.

Party members need to be disciplined with stricter rules under such a system, said Xu Wenxiong, Party secretary of the city's discipline inspection committee.

The city now requires Party cadres to regularly report their income, property assets, investment, marital status, exit and entry record, as well as the conditions of family members.

Accountability also was a popular topic among proposals submitted at the congress. It was the first time the congress encouraged delegates to submit proposals on how to better carry out their responsibilities, and 123 were collected, covering topics such as people's livelihood, management of party affairs and the acceleration of economic restructuring.

Zhou and Liang were among nearly 800 delegates at the congress, which ends today with the announcement of election results for a new CPC Shanghai Committee.


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