Optimising Public Participation in Law-Making Leads to Greater Trust

26 Mar 2012

Recognising public participation as an integral part of the law making process in China, an international workshop was held in Changsha, Hunan Province, on 26-28 March 2012. The event brought together legal experts from China, France and the Netherlands to exchange ideas, case studies and experiences on the best methods for ensuring optimum accessibility, public consultation and feedback in the law making process, using a variety of communication channels and social media. As a requirement stipulated in the Legislation on Law enacted in 2000, the International Workshop on Promoting Public Participation in Regulations Filing and Review Process saw representatives from the law and regulation departments of the State Council and provincial and local people’s congresses participate.

Mr. Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Country Director, gave his thoughts on the importance of public participation and transparency in government in some opening remarks delivered at the event. In which, he declared that public participation can help to increase public trust in state institutions and public support for the laws passed. This confidence can also lead to the creation of better laws, which are likely to be more effectively enforced.

The forum was organised with support from the EU in China, the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges and UNDP.