Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Inaugurated

One of China’s new “super-ministries” was inaugurated on Sunday. From The People’s Daily:

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), one of the five “super ministries” approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC), the Chinese parliament in March this year was inaugurated on Sunday.

A total of 24 departments have been approved for establishment under the new ministry.

The new ministry, transformed from the Ministry of Information Industry, will integrate the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)’s functions on industry and trade management, the functions of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense except that on nuclear power management, and the functions of the Ministry of Information Industry and the State Council Informatization Office, according to the NPC’s decision.

Some background on China’s ministerial reorganization from The Xinhua News Agency:

Chinese lawmakers will on Tuesday afternoon deliberate a State Council proposal for institutional restructuring of the government, which involves the installation of “super ministries” on energy, transportation, industries and environment protection.

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The target for this round of government reshuffle is to explore a “super ministry” system to streamline government department functions, and to form some “bigger departments” to strengthen macro-economic regulation, maintain national security of energy supply, integrate information development and industrialization.

For the implications of the new ministry system, see CDT’s coverage here, here, and here.

July 1, 2008 1:48 PM
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