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Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs signed a cooperation framework agreement with Tencent and China Telecom Group to promote digital practices in rural governance
DATE: 2020-04-08      SOURCE: Division of International Cooperation

In order to implement the central government's requirements for strengthening and improving rural governance, also innovate modern rural governance methods, the Rural Cooperative Economic Guidance Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) signed a cooperation framework agreement with Tencent and China Telecom Group recently. It will expand the application of information technology in the practice of rural governance, explore the "Internet +" governance model, focus on improving the level of information application, digitalization, intelligence and refinement of rural governance, and promote the construction of rural governance systems and modernization of governance capabilities.

According to the agreement, all parties should closely focus on promoting rural governance, give full play to their respective advantages, and jointly carry out the digital practice of rural governance with focus on the pilot demonstration units for the construction of a national rural governance system. Tencent will launch a "Tencent for the Village" program to help rural governance, guide farmers to use online tools to participate in rural governance, integrate diverse organizational resources, and broaden the access of mass participation. At the same time, villages in the pilot demonstration area can use this program platform for free. China Telecom Group will carry out the “Village to Village” comprehensive information platform to provide support for the pilot demonstration work with smart party building, emergency command, targeted poverty alleviation, open government affairs, convenient services, and rural features. It will make it easier for farmers to work and live, help improve the level of rural grassroots management and service, and strengthen the ability of rural grassroots governance.

At present, the pilot demonstration work is progressing smoothly, and various forms of exploration and practice are being carried out in regions, which takes the innovations of methods in rural governance and the promotion of digital practices in rural governance as important aspects of the pilot.

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