BUSINESS Credit system expands to developers in E China’s Anhui


Credit system expands to developers in E China’s Anhui

Global Times

02:21, September 05, 2019


A real estate construction site in Wuhu, East China's Anhui Province in May 2018. (Photo: VCG)

East China's Anhui Province has rolled out a fresh "red list and black list" mechanism for property developers to regulate the sector's behavior.

The Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Anhui Province has recently published a guideline on implementing the new measures for developers, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Developers with bad credit or that have had a bad influence will be put on the blacklist. Penalties include restrictions on bids for projects or government procurement, according to the guideline.

Being on the red list requires having no negative credit issues during the previous three years. Such companies will be encouraged by measures such as favorable policies.

Yan Yuejin, research director at E-house China R&D Institute, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the guideline plays an active role for helping companies establish a business reputation.

"Related data on credit can be collected to offer a reference for future evaluation in terms of a housing project, which will help reduce cases of poor-quality projects and nonperformance by developers," Yan said.

"The measures rolled out by Anhui indicate a new direction under the mechanism of pursuing long-term development in the domestic real estate sector. Putting such constraints on developers will support the sector's development in a sustainable way," Yan noted.

The Anhui move is part of a broader national drive to forge a social credit system in recent years. China has put a strong emphasis on the building of a social credit system since the State Council, China's cabinet, in 2014 issued a guideline.

As of August 31, various ministries had signed 51 memoranda on joint rewards and punishments, taking joint disciplinary actions against discredited individuals or companies based on relevant rules.

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