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Good Governance International Corp. (GGI), the China Rule of Law Research Institute (CRLRI) and Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law are collaborating to implement the China E-government Development Index: Hangzhou (CEDI-Hangzhou) project. With support from top leaders of Hangzhou, this pioneering project aims to assess the effectiveness of Hangzhou’s e-governance policies and practices, as well as educate concerned officials and the public on best practices for proactive disclosure. Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, is a prosperous city that has actively pursued improved governance and enhanced rule of law, as best illustrated by its generous support for the Rule of Law Index project undertaken by the CRLRI. Assessing Hangzhou’s efforts in e-governance across the city is an important step to help China implement its right to information rules and the development of an environment conducive to e-commerce, improved livelihood and good governance.
Conceptualized by GGI, which aspires to bring international e-governance methodology to China and adapt that methodology to China’s needs, the CEDI-Hangzhou project measures the willingness and capacity of local administrations to use online and mobile technology in the execution of government functions. The CEDI is built upon the United Nations E-government Development Index (which takes similar measurements on a national basis) and aims to provide locality-specific assessments, critical for a populous and diverse country like China. Drawing on the Hangzhou experience, we will explore opportunities to apply the CEDI to other parts of China, with the hope of promoting good e-governance practices in China.
The CEDI is guided by a team of six international advisors with extensive experience in e-governance technology and policy.