Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The number of requests received during the last four years in Shanghai

Between 1 May 2004 (the date of commencement of the Shanghai FOI Rules) and 31 December 2007, Shanghai government agencies received a total of 35,282 access requests. The following Chart shows the total number of requests for each year since the commencement of the FOI Rules in 2004. It should be noted that in 2004 the FOI Rules operated for seven months only. In 2007 a total of 6,485 requests were received, a decrease of 1,048 (13.91%) from 2006, and 5,980 (47.97%) from 2005. The total number in 2007 is surprisingly less than that in 2004 (only 7 months’ operation). What causes this decrease is unknown at this stage.

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