Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Shanghai FOI Annual Report 2006

Shanghai have published its third FOI annual report for year 2006 on 3 April 2007. The report shows that Shanghai Government agencies received 7533 FOI requests in 2006, which is a significant decrease on last year’s figure (12465). 80% of access requests were granted in full or in part. In 2006, a total of 7533 FOI requests were received, a decrease of 4932(39.5%) from 2005, 1266(14.4%) from 2004 which only covered 8 months from May. Between 1 May 2004 (the date of commencement of the Shanghai FOI legislation) and 31 December 2006, Shanghai government agencies received a total of 28797 FOI requests. Of the 7533 requests received in 2006, 6852 requests have been finalized during this year. Of which, 5143 were granted in full, accounting for 75%, while only 306 (4.5%) in part, the rest (1403) were refused. Of which, 451 were refused as the information requested was not existed. 420 were submitted to the wrong departments and 259 were rejected as the information requested is unclear. Only 188 requests fell into the stipulated six exemptions in the Shanghai FOI legislation. The rest (85) was denied for other reasons. The total reported cost attributable to the FOI legislation during 2006 was RMB 1,108,600, which is a substantial decrease of RMB 13,172,400 (92.2%) on the previous year. During the year a total of RMB 1724.6 was collected in respect of fees. This is a huge decrease on the total of RMB 30311.6 which was collected last year. The total amount of application fees collected in 2006 accounts for 0.2% of the total FOI revenue collected.In 2006, 73 requests were made for administrative reconsideration of agency decisions on FOI requests and 35 were made for administrative lawsuit.
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