CHINA China to improve system for outgoing officials' audit of natural resource assets


China to improve system for outgoing officials' audit of natural resource assets

By Sun Tianren and Lou Qingqing | People's Daily app

09:37, April 21, 2022

President Xi Jinping chaired the 25th meeting of the Central Commission for Deepening Overall Reform on Tuesday.

Aerial photo shows farmers sowing at a peanut farm in Yangjiatuo Village of Luanzhou City in North China's Hebei Province, April 18, 2021. (Photos: Xinhua)

One of the issues the meeting discussed is about the criteria system for the auditing of outgoing officials on the management of natural resource assets. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the Central Commission for Deepening Overall Reform, said such a system must be scientific, standardized and reasonable to encourage officials to fulfill their responsibilities on natural resource asset management and ecological protection.

Aerial photo taken on Aug. 14, 2021 shows a village in Baiyangdian of north China's Hebei Province.

China piloted the auditing of outgoing officials' natural resource asset management in 2015 and extended it to the whole country in 2017. More officials are to face audits of the environmental impact of their work, as the central government deepens reform to promote officials with strong environmental awareness.

The Haizhu Wetland Park in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong Province in south China, on April 27.

By doing this, China expects to solve the inconsistency between the central and local governments in resource management and ecological protection through the performance appraisal of the accountability of officials.

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 12, 2020 shows a view of the Yellow River in Jiyuan City, central China's Henan Province.

The meeting stressed that effective measures must be taken to ensure the authenticity, accuracy, and integrity of relevant materials and data, and serious accountability will be applied to fraudulence.

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