Authorities in Shanghai have banned spouses and children of senior government officials from running private businesses in a bid to eliminate potential graft, Bloomberg reports:
Spouses of ministerial and provincial-level officials are prohibited from starting companies or getting involved in any business operations, according to regulations passed Monday at the Shanghai municipal government’s general meeting. Children of local officials and their spouses cannot conduct business within Shanghai’s jurisdiction. China treats the municipality of Shanghai as a province.
The ban also applies to spouses of senior officials in the local judicial system, heads of the state-owned companies based in Shanghai and district party chiefs. Their children and children’s spouses are prohibited from operating businesses in the areas or jurisdiction they oversee to avoid potential conflict of interests, according to the rules, which were published on the Shanghai government’s official Weibo account.
Officials are now being required to hand in reports of their close relatives, and family members of officials who are doing business in the city will be forced to quit, according to Ying Yong, vice secretary of Shanghai’s Party Committee.
“The Shanghai Communist Party Committee issues this regulation so that it’ll be able to focus on leading officials, the issue of the collusion between government officials and business owners, and standardize the building of rules, thus strictly implement the orders of strengthen the officials’ discipline, especially the leading officials,” Ying was quoted as saying in a CRI report.
Shanghai is the first place to experiment with such tight controls over family members of Communist Party officials, but the ban may end up being implemented nationwide.