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Reporter: As deputy to the National People’s Congress and President of China Charity Federation, what proposals have you brought to the NPC and CPPCC this year? What kind of background and thinking are the proposals based on?
Gong Puguang: As a great cause that benefits China and its people, an important part of China’s multi-level social security system, a beneficial supplement to social assistance system and insurance system, a key element to realize the third distribution, an important embodiment of socialist core values as well as a vital force in the modernization of national governance system and governance capacity, charity plays a special role in eliminating poverty and promoting social harmony.
I submitted my proposals for the following reasons: one is that charity is an important social force in coping with major disaster for its strong ability to mobilize and integrate social resources and the other is China has many difficulties and problems in its charity development due to later start, poor foundation, small scale and lower level in comparison with charity cause in the developed countries. For above consideration, I submitted to the National People’s Congress the proposal of Further Strengthening the Support for the Development of Charity in China, which consists of five aspects such as strengthening the whole society’s attention to charity, strengthening the legalization of charity, increasing the policy incentive for the development of charity, increasing the institutional incentive for volunteer service, promoting charity culture and creating the good social atmosphere for the development of charity, this proposal analyzes the current situation and existing problems of charity and puts forward relevant suggestions for reference.
Reporter: As a practitioner of charity, what other outstanding problems do you think exist in the legalization construction of charity?
Gong Puguang: It is four years that Charity Law has been issued and China’s charity legalization has entered a new stage. However, there is a long way to carry out charity according to law, promote charity according to law and administrate charity projects according to law as well as promote charity legalization from all round. There still exists the following prominent problems: first, there is a big gap in the implementation of the Charity Law. Second, there is no definite legal status for charity organizations in major public events. Third, the system of charity supervision and preferential policies needs to be straightened out. Fourth, the system of policies and regulations matching with the Charity Law needs to be improved. Fifth, there is still a gap in the implementation of the requirements of the Charity Law on the publicity of charity information.
Reporter: What is the experience of China Charity Federation in the collection and management of donations?
Gong Puguang: In my opinion, it is very important to make charity information transparent and accept social supervision consciously.
For system construction, CCF has improved and formulated the corresponding internal management, for instance, the donation for fighting against COVID-19 is featured with high management requirements, many working threads and heavy tasks, we have improved and formulated the corresponding internal management system, revised the project management, board of supervisors system, branch organization setting and relevant work processes to ensure each donation to be clear, traceable and searchable.
For project implementation, we conscientiously implement the Charity Law and relevant regulations, allocate donations in strict accordance with the intention of donors, timely allocate large amount of targeted funds, transfer targeted donations from the Internet platform on a regular basis, timely transfer donated materials upon receipt to ensure that materials in great demand are delivered to the front hospitals fighting against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
For information transparency, we have implemented special account management for all the special funds and materials raised, publicized their information in a timely manner and accepted the supervision of donors, audit institutions and the society at any time.
Reporter:What do you think can be done to further promote the sustained and healthy development of charity through this pandemic test?
Gong Puguang: As for promoting the sustained and healthy development of charity, In my opinion, I think the first thing is to further improve the attention of the whole society to charity. second, it should further strengthen the legalization of charity. Third, it should further increase incentives for the development of charity cause. Fourth, it should further increase the institutional incentive for volunteer service. Fifth, it should further promote the culture of charity and create a good social atmosphere for the development of charity.
Reporter: What role can China Charity Federation play in the post poverty alleviation period?
Gong Puguang: China Charity Federation will further implement the directive spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping by focusing on poverty alleviation, focusing on special groups and focusing on the concerns of the masses to earnestly enhance sense of responsibility and urgency, give full play to our own advantages and guide social resources and charitable forces to gather in poverty-stricken areas and special poverty groups. We will strive to optimize the supply of charity resources, give full play to the role of the third distribution and create effective relief models in poverty alleviation, teaching aid, medical assistance, orphans and children, elderly care and other fields so as to make positive contributions to the protection of left-behind children, left-behind elderly, disabled people and special groups in need.