Notice Concerning Printing and Issuing the “Provisional Special Ethnic Writing Publishing Fund Management Rules”
All provincial, autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city finance offices (bureaus), and press and publications bureaus:
In order to stimulate the development of ethnic writing publishing work, standardize and strengthen the management of the Special Ethnic Writing Publishing Fund, raise the security and effectiveness of the Fund’s use, we formulated the “Provisional Special Ethnic Writing Publishing Fund Management Rules”, there are hereby printed and issued to you, please comply with them and implement them. If there are questions during implementation, please reflect them to us timely so as to further perfect this work.
Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Press and Publications
12 October 2007
Provisional Special Ethnic Writing Publishing Fund Management Rules
Chapter I: General Provisions
Article 1: In order to standardize and strengthen the management of the Special Ethnic Writing Publishing Fund (hereafter simply named Fund), and raise the effectiveness of the Fund’s use, according to the relevant provisions of State finance legal systems, these Rules are formulated.
Article 2: The Special Fund is a fund established by the central financial administration, to be used to support ethnic regions’ ethic writing publishing undertaking development. The annual budget of the fund is decided on the basis of general ethnic writing publishing project planning, annual work planning, and the situation of State financial resources.
Article 3: The principles of uniform management, hierarchical responsibilities, rational arrangement, and special use for special funding are applied in management and use of the Special Fund
Article 4: Relevant State laws and regulations and financial regulatory systems are to be strictly implemented in the management and use of the Special Fund, and supervision and inspection by the financial administration, auditing, press and publications and other corresponding departments is to be accepted.
Chapter II: The expenses scope of the Special Fund
Article 5: The Special Fund main scope of expenses is;
(1) publishing programmes of ethnic language and writing publications (books, newspapers, periodicals, audiovisual products, electronic publications), including:
1, ethnic language and writing publication editing, producing and publishing;
2, ethnic language and writing translation;
3, ethnic language and writing distribution.
(2) ethnic writing press and publications work unit technology transformation and equipment renewal programmes, including:
1, ethnic writing book printing work units’ equipment renewal and technology reform;
2, ethnic language audiovisual product production and reproduction equipment renewal or transformation and technology transformation;
3, ethnic writing Party newspaper and Party periodical printing and transmission equipment renewal and transformation.
(3) Ethnic writing and publishing talent training programmes, including:
1, ethnic language and writing publishing, editing and production talent training;
2, ethnic language and writing translation talent training.
(4) “marching out” programmes of ethnic language and writing publications, copyright, etc,. including:
1, ethnic language and writing publications export;
2, ethnic language and writing copyright export.
(5) other programmes approved by the Ministry of Finance and the General Administration of Press and Publications.
Chapter III: The reporting and management of the Special Fund
Article 6: Provincial-level financial departments and press and publications departments are the reporting work units for the Special Fund. All local levels’ financial departments and press and publications department report gradually upwards, and after examination, verification and the collection by the provincial-level financial departments and press and publications departments, are jointly reported to the Ministry of Finance and the General Administration of Press and Publications annually on 31 March. All applications reported by skipping grades will not be accepted.
Article 7: The General Administration of Press and Publications organizes experts to conduct appraisal of the programme reporting materials of that year, to put forward preliminary opinions on programmes and subsidy values. After examination, verification and approval by the Ministry of Finance, the Special Fund will be transmitted to the provincial-level finance departments.
Provincial-level finance departments are to transfer the funding to the programme work unit within 30 working days of receiving the Special Fund subsidy notice. For those where national treasury concentrated expenses are implemented, it will be implemented according to regulations related to national treasury concentrated expenses.
Article 8: Programme work units shall conduct single accounting and management of the programme funding.
Article 9 Programme work units must strictly implement the programme and budget as approved by the Ministry of Finance, and may not adjust them of their own accord. Where during the implementation of the programme, adjustment is truly needed because of changes in the programme implementation environment or conditions, reporting and approval formalities must be implemented according to the reporting procedure.
Article 10: When the programme implementation is complete, provincial-level finance departments and press and publications departments must check the programme implementation situation, and report the checking results to the Ministry of Finance and the General Administration of Press and Publications.
Article 11: Programme work units shall bring Special Fund accounting into the annual accounting of that work unit, and explain it individually. The annual cash surplus of unfinished programmes shall be transferred for use in the following year according to regulations.
Article 12: Fixed assets shaped by the Special Fund shall be brought into the work unit’s fixed asset account for accounting and management purposes, according to regulations relating to State-owned asset management.
Article 13: Programmes brought into government procurement shall be implemented according to regulations related to government procurement.
Chapter IV: Supervision and inspection of the Special Fund
Article 14: Special Fund use supervision and inspection mechanisms and achievement appraisal systems are established and completed. The Ministry of finance implements accountability tracking system for the Special Fund, and organizes experts or entrusts financial supervision personnel attached to all localities financial offices, intermediary organs’ etc., to conduct spot checks of the programme achievement assessment situation at irregular intervals. Spot check results will act as an important assessment basis for the next ear’s Special Fund project establishment examination, approval and budgetary arrangement.
Article 14: Where one of the following circumstances is present, it shall be dealt with according to the concrete situation by temporarily ceasing approval of new programmes, ceasing fund allocation, or recalling subsidy funds, and the responsibility of relevant persons will be investigated according to the law:
(1) having obtained subsidies and funding by false reporting of basic conditions;
(2) changing subsidy programme content without authorization;
(3) withholding, diverting or infringing the Special Fund;
(4) creating loss or waste to State assets because of ill management;
(5) not having the conditions to implement the programme.
Chapter V: Supplementary provisions
Article 16: The responsibility for interpreting these Rules is with the Ministry of Finance and the General Administration of Press and Publications
Article 17: These Rules take effect on the day of promulgation.
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