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"Cloud" Negotiations Without a Meeting Venue: Henan Provincial CPPCC Plays the Function of Special Negotiation Institutions to Innovate Negotiation Forms

2019-12-11Source : People's Political Consultative Conference
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There were 2,681 onlookers, 55 members spoke, the department responded 30 times, and participants were free to come and go. There was only enthusiastic negotiation and exchange, only comments from leaders, and no leadership speech. What kind of meeting was this? Recently, around the implementation of the "two worry-free and three-guarantee" policy and the establishment of a long-term mechanism for stable poverty alleviation, the Henan Provincial Political Consultative Conference set aside a physical meeting place and held a network consultation meeting on the "cloud" side.

This is a brand new attempt by the Henan Provincial Political Consultative Conference to give play to the functions of a special consultation agency and to innovate the form of consultation.

■ Exploded topic of “Strengthening against Poverty”

Carrying out democratic supervision and thematic consultations on poverty alleviation is an important job performance organized by the Henan Provincial CPPCC for three consecutive years. Liu Wei, the chairman of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference attaches great importance to this. He participated in inspection activities and took the lead in adopting a random sampling method of “no pre-set routes, no predetermined objects, no pre-arranged arrangements” to gain an in-depth understanding of the situation and make an important speech at the consultation meeting. In September this year, Liu Wei's desk was again presented in accordance with the convention's plan, but it was not approved as before. In the era of mobile first, can we keep pace with the times and adopt a new negotiation method? Soon, the Proposal Committee of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference was instructed to hold this consultation through online discussions.

Network discussions and remote consultations are new forms of duty performance that Chairman Wang Yang advocated vigorously. The Henan Provincial Political Consultative Conference also actively followed up. The first remote consultation meeting was held in March this year. In the past, network discussions only served as a channel for collecting committee members' suggestions and cooperating with remote consultation. Nowadays, it is still new in the work of the CPPCC at all levels to put aside centralized meetings and video connections, and to hold thematic consultations in the form of online discussions.

Cross the river by feeling the stones. Under the “Network Consultation” section of the “Henan Political Consultative Conference” APP, set up a special topic of “Network Consultation Conference on Eradication of Poverty and Resilience”, clarify the theme of discussion, and set the guide topic; release messages and push links to all members through mobile phone text messages, online platforms, and WeChat groups. Extensive mobilization; set up special accounts for the Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office, the Education Department, the Civil Affairs Department, the Finance Department, the Housing Development Department, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department, the Health and Health Committee and other units, please go online with relevant comrades in charge; The right person is ready to speak ... After full preparation, on September 25, the first online consultation meeting of the Henan Provincial Political Consultative Conference was officially launched.

After a period of fermentation, after the National Day, the network discussion platform began to accelerate. "Implementing social assistance to alleviate poverty is a key battle related to comprehensively winning the fight against poverty" "'Going out of poverty alleviation and poverty alleviation', building a new rural economic system, and welcoming the 'post eradication of poverty eradication'" "Now is advancing poverty alleviation and rural rejuvenation During the historical converging period of the strategy, poverty reduction will go from solving absolute poverty to entering a new stage of solving imbalanced and inadequate development issues, and it is necessary to do a good job of linking and transforming policy mechanisms .......... October 15-16, Provincial Committee of the CPPCC Proposal Committee Director Qian Wei, members of the Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Cai Genxi, Lv Guofan, Zheng Dawen, Peng Shijin, etc. have published blockbuster articles and put forward systematic suggestions from different angles.

Hundreds of CPPCC members are online. After the activity link was reposted, netizens also actively participated in it, and people kept posting, commenting, and liking. The Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office and other units responded quickly, highly affirmed the members' speeches, carefully studied and adopted them, and put forward specific specific measures. On APP, the discussions are getting deeper and the negotiation is more and more effective. Only the speech of Member Zheng Dawen was subdivided into different aspects such as increasing financial investment, health and poverty alleviation, and the poor elderly. The Provincial Department of Finance, the Health Commission, and the Civil Affairs Department respectively claimed and made specific responses. Qian Guoyu, vice chairman of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference, also participated in the discussion, actively interacted with members and relevant units, and continuously brought online discussions to a climax. In mid-October, the number of APP clicks on the Provincial Political Consultative Conference increased sharply, and online consultations on fighting poverty were exploding online space.

■ Activation of a democratic “a pool of spring water”

A mobile phone serves as a bridge between members of the CPPCC, the masses of the sectors they contact, and government departments. Through the online platform, members can negotiate and discuss politics anytime, anywhere; by opening the link, the voices of ordinary people can be "direct to heaven." The latest situation of the work carried out by the functional departments was immediately displayed, disseminated and supervised. Here, it is truly sensible to listen to public opinion, gather wisdom and build consensus.

On October 16, the first secretary of the village, Wen Yang, was visiting a poor household in Huangtuzui Village, Sikeshu Township, Nanzhao County, Nanyang City. During work, he clicked on the link of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference “Elimination of Poverty Alleviation” network discussion meeting shared by friends in the WeChat group, and wrote his own feelings: At present, small-scale industries, severe homogeneity, and lack of progress are common in industrial poverty alleviation. Long-term planning and unprofessional operations. "I am very honored to be able to convey the voice of the front line of poverty alleviation at the provincial consultation platform," said Wen Yang.

As if a stone was thrown into the water, the form of online negotiation mobilized the enthusiasm of the two ends of the negotiation and activated the "one pool of spring water" for negotiation democracy. Open and transparent cyberspace has improved the quality of consultations and magnified the effectiveness of consultations, and has been generally welcomed by members, functional departments and the public.

"The form is novel and very grounded!" Guo Kuili, deputy director of the Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office, participated in the whole process online and actively responded to members' suggestions. He believes that the network consultation has got rid of the time limit and can easily consult the information and think deeply. The members suggested that it be more mature and complete, and that the department's response be more accurate and pragmatic. In this regard, Peng Shijin, a member of the Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, strongly agreed: "There will be routines in speaking at the meeting. The Internet generally goes straight to the topic, the amount of information is large, can be updated and supplemented at any time, low cost and high efficiency, very good!" After a long post in the new rural economic system, Peng Shijin shared his thoughts on poverty alleviation twice. "Usually the news reports of the CPPCC meetings are mainly focused on leadership speeches, the public has limited access, the information throughout the online conference has not decayed, and the influence of the CPPCC consultations has been greatly enhanced." He also emphasized.

"Initiated a new form of deliberations, from closed meetings to open meetings. More interaction is conducive to the two-way efforts of the CPPCC to build a consensus and promote consensus." Said Zhou Huishen, deputy full-time deputy director of the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The whole process of the Internet Consultative Conference left traces, which made both speakers and respondents "stressed." Zheng Dawen is the chairman of the Puyang CPPCC. In order to make his speech more representative and representative, the Puyang CPPCC conducted in-depth investigations and asked the people and relevant local departments for "calculations." The speech built on the "Idea" received detailed and detailed responses from many departments and bureaus. The model of Fanyang County's neighborhood for mutual help to take care of the severely disabled and poor people has also been highly recognized by the Provincial Department of Civil Affairs.

"Tense" is not just members of the CPPCC, "I don't know what I will ask, but I was afraid that I could not answer well at first," said Li Zengbo, deputy director of the Agricultural and Rural Division of the Provincial Department of Finance. Speaking of attending the meeting, he said that through the network negotiation platform, people from different industries and different strata can improve their understanding of the policy and facilitate the society to monitor the implementation of poverty reduction policies.

Attending this online consultation, Cai Qian, deputy director of the Social Assistance Division of the Provincial Department of Civil Affairs, had a different kind of gain, "good for the improvement of personal business capabilities." Some problems involve multiple divisions, such as the problem of poor elderly people, which must be comprehensively analyzed and discussed with the Social Affairs Office and the Senior Citizen's Office before replying. Leaving marks throughout the online consultation also facilitated her work. Not long ago, she also carefully read the minutes of the conference speech, and combed it to the Party Committee for study. "In regular meetings, only the keynote speeches are printed and distributed. The communication and interaction sessions are over, and some valuable speeches are sometimes not remembered."

Let the Consultation Plug in the Network "Wings"

Meetings are undoubtedly the most common way of working in the CPPCC organs. How can consultations be more productive? A fixed time, a fixed place, and a fixed number of participants ensured an orderly negotiation, but at the same time, they also formed limitations. The limited duration determines the limited number of speakers and the depth and scope of negotiations. Sometimes the quality of the meeting is greatly reduced if two important speakers are not present. The party being consulted and the relevant departments and conferences of the CPPCC attach great importance to it. If the leader in charge cannot participate, other leaders of the same level will usually be sent to the meeting, and the participants may not be familiar with this business. Various factors led to insufficient communication and interaction in the meeting.

Insufficient interaction is the "short board" of traditional consultations.

In the network consultation, communication and interaction are always present. The reporter also noticed an interesting phenomenon: the leadership role has been “weakened”. Qian Guoyu was online all the way, commenting on the members' speeches, and making demands on the department's response, while the "leadership speech" in the last part of the traditional meeting was gone. "The CPPCC is a consultative body, not the main body of consultations. Members are the main body of the CPPCC work. It is important for members to fully express their opinions, for departments to respond seriously, and for in-depth consultation." Qian Guoyu said.

There are practices and conclusions. "At present, our online conference 'meeting room' is just a 'stubby hut'." With insufficient reflection, Liu Junjiang, director of the Proposal Committee Office of the CPPCC, used an image metaphor. Existing network platforms cannot perform role classification settings, cannot divide sub-topics and discussion stages, and do not support uploading files, voice, pictures, and content retrieval. In the next step, the E-Government Center of the Provincial Political Consultative Conference will improve one by one according to the needs of the network negotiation platform.

"The difficulty lies in the mobilization of members, and everyone's familiarity and use of this new form of negotiation requires a process." Zhu Yanzhi, deputy director of the proposal committee, said with emotion.

On November 23, Liu Wei made a comment in the "Report on the First Online Political Consultation Held by the Provincial Political Consultative Conference" written by the Proposal Committee: Innovative ways to explore effective forms of online political negotiation and good results. Next year, each special committee can organize a conference-free network consultation and discussion activity to further explore, standardize and improve.

"Negotiated democracy is the most democratic form with Chinese characteristics. There is no experience to learn from. The CPPCC work must be upright and more innovative. It is necessary to establish an open mind and use new ideas and methods to better build a negotiation platform." Liu Wei Means.

On November 26, the Henan Provincial Party Committee CPPCC working meeting was held. Provincial Party Secretary Wang Guosheng pointed out: "To give full play to the effectiveness of negotiation, it is very important to build a platform. It is necessary to improve the methods and methods of consultation, improve the quality of negotiation and negotiation, and strengthen the design and implementation of procedures for consultation and interaction." Did it again.

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