Authorities to scrap sponsor rule for NGOs

Rules governing the operation of non-governmental organizations in China may be relaxed soon, according to this report in the South China Morning Post (reg required): “Non-governmental organisations will eventually be able to register to work on the mainland without having to be sponsored by a government department, a Ministry of Civil Affairs official has predicted… Insiders say the government is drafting a new Management of Social Societies regulation, under which major changes such as the lifting of the supervisory requirement have been debated. Wang Ming , head of the NGO Study Institute at Tsinghua University, said on the mainland were being given more latitude to develop. He said although a package of new policies – covering everything from tax deductions to the public supervision system – was needed, the first step had to be changing the entry requirements for … While official statistics indicate China has 262,000 local , Mr Qiao admits many more are working throughout the nation.”

For more on the regulations governing NGOs, see here.

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