Posted by: mulrickillion | October 26, 2011

Govt tightens approval of overseas trips

By Zheng Xin, China Daily, 2011-10-24 —

BEIJING – Beijing municipality has taken steps to strengthen the supervision of programs that use public funds to send officials and government workers overseas for training.

Spending on overseas exchanges programs, together with money for official receptions and the purchase and maintenance of officials’ vehicles, have become controversial topics. The government has been covering from 20 percent to all of the cost of the trips in an attempt to bring advanced skills back to China.

However, some agencies have turned the learning opportunity into a government-sponsored vacation, a corrupt practice that damages the public’s trust in the government.

In response, Beijing municipality has further tightened the application process for overseas training programs, which have sent more than 25,000 people abroad for academic studies in the past eight years, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security said.

"The government sends staff out of the country to learn skills and for cultural exchanges, not for sightseeing or shopping," said Lu Ge, deputy director of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ department of overseas training.

Some of the centers that arrange overseas training end up as travel agencies that arrange fine food and entertainment for tours, Lu said. . . .

Govt tightens approval of overseas trips|Industries|chinadaily.com.cn

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