Shanghai Broadens 'License-Permit Separation' Reform Covering Market Entry Approvals
Zhang Xia
/SOURCE : Yicai
Shanghai Broadens 'License-Permit Separation' Reform Covering Market Entry Approvals

(Yicai Global) Nov. 2 -- The government of Shanghai's Pudong New Area released a plan to broaden the 'license-permit separation' reform yesterday, deciding to apply the simplified application process to state-, municipal- and district-level administrative reviews of market entry applications to tap the public's entrepreneurial potential.

The license-permit separation pilot reform has effectively eased difficulties involved in business license applications since its introduction over a year ago, said Lu Fangzhou, deputy chief of the Pudong New Area and deputy head of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee.

The number of market participants in the Pudong district increased 17.4 percent last year, indicating that the reform has brought renewed vitality to the market. The number of exit-entry service agencies in the district rose from 10 to 241 following the abolition of the market qualification review for these businesses, Shanghai Observer reported.

Under the new plan, market entry review will be abolished for enterprises that are capable of autonomous management and their administrative filings will be completed 'on the spot,' while enterprises that need to complete the market entry administrative review and can rectify issues of approval requirement noncompliance will be notified. The administrative review will be retained for enterprises whose businesses may affect public, economic or ecological security.

Regulatory efforts during and after the review process will be strengthened, and application materials and procedures will be simplified, streamlined and standardized at the same time.

Before the reform, startups had to obtain 'permits' (business permits) before they could apply for 'licenses' (business licenses). Following the implementation of the reform, new companies only need to obtain business licenses to start general production and operations, but companies specializing in businesses for which administrative approval is required still need to apply for business permits with the relevant authorities.

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Keywords: Shanghai , Market Access , Reform