Competitive selection for civil service
Nearly 60 per cent of promotions in the civil service were achieved through competitive selection last year, reported People's Daily. Some 353,000 officials have been promoted through such means since 1999. Making the ection process more transparent throughincreased use of examinations and interviews would help curb corruption and favouritism. The report said that local governments had been experimenting with new selection systems for internal appointments before applying them to larger-scale public recruitment.
Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangdong
and Hainan no longer impose geographical
limitations on a candidate's place
of origin. Efforts are also being made to
spread open selection processes into the
police and judiciary. So far, competitive
recruitment is limited to middle to senior
posts up to the deputy bureau director level.
Top positions of bureau director and above
are still appointed in the traditional way.