Catalog of Fields and Projects for Foreign NGOs with Activities in China, and Directory of Professional Supervisory Units (2017)

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Source: http://www.mps.gov.cn/n2254314/n2254409/n4904353/c5579013/content.html?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0
 Ministry of Public Security    December 2016

Translation Notes Follow Chart:
Field Subfield Main projects Professional Supervisory Units
Economy Macroeconomic Research Research, exchanges and cooperation on economic and social development National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Assessment and prediction of economic operations
Research, exchange, and cooperation on industry regulation
Research, exchange and cooperation, economic policy decision, implementation, supervision and other general topics
Economic and trade exchanges and investment cooperation Business contacts, product introduction, market research, policy consulting, personnel training, and technical exchanges Ministry of Commerce, as well as competent departments of provincial-level governments
Research, exchange, and cooperation on finance, taxation, and other such areas Research, communication and cooperation in financial theory; research, communication, and cooperation on financial theory involving banking financial institutions and other financial institutions People's Bank of China, Ministry of Finance, China Securities Regulatory Commission, China Insurance Regulatory Commission, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments; China Banking Regulatory Commission and its provincial-level offices
Research, communication and cooperation on international accounting and auditing theory Ministry of Finance, National Audit Office, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Research, communication and cooperation on international tax theory Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Research, communication and cooperation on international statistical theory National Bureau of Statistics, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Information and Communication Research, communication and cooperation on information and communications theory Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Cyberspace Administration of China, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Agriculture Cooperation on rural public interest projects Ministry of Agriculture, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Guidance on experiments in spreading agricultural technology and skills training
Energy Research, communication, and cooperation on international energy planning, policy, technology, standards, and oversight National Energy Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Water Resources Water Resources Protection and Water and soil Conservation Ministry of Water Resources, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Integrated watershed management
Construction and management of reservoirs and dams
Hydrological surveys, monitoring and forecasting
Transportation Research, communication, and cooperation on administration of urban public transport Ministry of Transport, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Housing and urban-rural construction Research, communication, and cooperation on housing and urban and rural construction management Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Economy Intellectual Property Research, communication, and cooperation, on international intellectual property theory State Intellectual Property Office, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Research, communication, and cooperation on international trademark theory State Administration for Industry and Commerce, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Other Research, exchange and cooperation on technical quality supervision and inspection and quarantine; and exchange and cooperation on conflict diamonds and conflict mining production General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, its directly subordinate entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureaus, as well as competent departments of provincial-level governments
Research, communications, and cooperation on express courier services State Post Bureau, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Research, communication, and cooperation of foreign travel National Tourism Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Research, communication, and cooperation on production safety State Administration of Work Safety, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Education Basic Education Improve and Implement Policies on Assisted Education Ministry of Education, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Donation activities to improve school's teaching conditions or fund students from homes with economic challenges
Support regions and schools in developing educational activities outside the school, and innovative educational activities
Support capacity building for teachers and education administrators
Assist regions and schools enrich the form and content of cultural exchanges between China and other nations.
Assist regions and schools in educational activities developing or expanding students' international perspectives
Assisting in regions or schools implementation of informationalized construction
Vocational education and continuing education Support the implementation of school-enterprise cooperation Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Assisting regions and school to improve the quality of personnel training
Assisting in regions or schools implementation of informationalized construction
Assist regions or schools in enriching the form and content of communication with China and other nations
Cooperative policy research
Support capacity building for teachers and education administrators
Higher Education Assist regions and schools enrich the form and content of cultural exchanges between China and other nations. Ministry of Education, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Promote expansion of Sino-foreign people to people exchanges
Boost foreign study exchanges between China and the world, in both directions
Support regions and schools of higher learning in improving the quality of higher educaiton
Cooperative launching of academic exchange activities
Carrying out joint research projects
Assisting regions or schools of higher learning to carry out cooperative exchanges with 'one belt one road' nations.
Support schools of higher learning in establishing mechanisms for credit exchanging and mutually recognizing academic credits.
Cooperate with schools of higher learning in organizing educational practicum activities
Education Other Research and consulting on public education, education law, and education policy; and education legal services Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Maintenance of public education infrastructure
Communication on successes in public education
Communication and cooperation on international vocational qualification examinations Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Education, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, China Association for Science and Technology, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments and provincial-level organizations
Mutual international recognition of engineering education and engineering credentials
Continuing education activities for professional and technical personnel
Recommending or dispatching foreign professionals to domestic educational institutions
Postdoctoral communication and cooperation
Science and technology Basic Research Projects Ministry of Science and Technology, China Association for Science and Technology, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments and provincial-level organizations
High-tech projects
Social development science and technology projects
Rural science and technology projects
Research on public science and technology Services Theory
Building citizens scientific caliber
Establishment of Platforms for Science and Technology
Research on science and technology innovation, research and publicity services on science and technology development trends
Development of technical innovations and spreading of successes
Personnel retraining in basic sciences
Communication and cooperation in science and technology
Popularization of science and technology
Culture Culture and art Cultural and artistic creations and performances Ministry of Culture, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Culture and Arts Education and Training
Public cultural service
Protection of cultural relics and intangible cultural heritage
Online cultural services
Cultural creative and design services
Cultural entertainment and recreational services
Artwork and related services
Cultural brokerage agent
Culture rental services
Cultural exhibition services
Communication and cooperation on international advertising State Administration for Industry and Commerce, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Radio and Television Communication and cooperation on radio and television State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, National Copyright Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Copyrights in News and Publicaiton Certification of international copyrights
Research on copyright law and publicity and outreach
Research on international copyright related industries
Health Disease Control Cooperation on prevention and control of AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases National Health and Family Planning Commission, as well as competent departments of provincial-level governments
Cooperation on the prevention and treatment of chronic non communicable diseases
Public Health Research and policy consultation on public health policy, planning and standards
Women and Children's Health Technical services, policy consultation, publicity and education, and personnel training in women and children's health and reproductive health
Healthy Aging Policy consultation, service systems, construction of long-term care system, health education and publicity, and personnel training for healthy aging
Disease relief and raising abilities Treatment and aid for illnesses like cataract, cleft lip and palate, congenital children's heart disease; as well as personnel training and capacity improvement
Hospital Administration Hospital accreditation, rating of hospital informationization, and other activities related to the certification of medical institutions
Medical Science and Technology Education Technological innovation in Health and Population fields
Post-graduate Medical Education
Personnel Training related Continuing Medical Education
Traditional Chinese Medicine Communication, cooperation, and development of Traditional Chinese Medicine State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Food and Drugs Policy consultation and technical services on food safety, and oversight and management of drugs, medical instruments, cosmetics. State Food and Drug Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's government
Sport Competitions and events related to the Olympics General Administration of Sport, as well as competent departments of provincial people's governments
Competitions and events related to non-Olympic sport disciplines
Group sporting activities
Sports industry exchanges and cooperation
Exchange and cooperation on sports culture and news
Physical education research and academic activities
Anti-doping exchanges and cooperation
School sporting competitions and activities Ministry of Education, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Other sport-related affairs General Administration of Sport, as well as competent departments of provincial people's governments
Environmental Climate Change National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Environmental Protection, State Energy Administration, China Meteorological Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial people's governments
Biodiversity Conservation Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, State Forestry Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, State Oceanic Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Marine conservation Marine Environmental Protection State Oceanic Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Marine conservation-related science and technology
Marine disaster prevention and mitigation
Forestry Development Land afforestation State Forestry Administration, as well as competent department of provincial-level people's governments
Forestry reform
Forestry response to climate change
Development of the forestry industry
Forestry industry going global
Protection of Forest Resources Ideology and Models for State-owned forestry farms management of forest resources
Oversight of state owned forest farm's forest resources
Mangrove forest preservation and recovery and restoration of their ecosystems
Sustainable forest management
Training, promotion and capacity building for PEFC forest certification standards
Exchange and Cooperation on the PEFC mutual recognition system for national forests
Appraisal of forest ecosystems and their ecosystem functions
Skills demonstrations on forest ecosystem restoration and management
Skills and demonstrations of water conservation forest protection, restoration, and management
Environmental Wetlands Protection Design concepts for international wetland conservation policies, guidelines, and plans State Forestry Administration, as well as competent department of provincial-level people's governments
Capacity building for wetland protections
Reasonable use of wetlands
Publicity, education, and public participation on wetlands
Promotion and demonstration of wetland restoration techniques
Wildlife conservation Wildlife rescue and breeding
Capacity building of base-level conservation organizations
Publicity and education on wildlife conservation
Capacity building, publicity and education, and technical support in combating illegal trade in wild plants and animals
Providing scientific consultation and policy suggestions
Desertification prevention and treatment Investigation and appraisal of the monitoring of desertification and desert ecosystems
Public outreach and education on the prevention of desertification
Scientific research on desert ecosystems, their protection and restoration
Publicity and promotion of international policies, guidelines, and plans on preventing desertification and erosion
Cooperation on cross-border sandstorm monitoring, early warnings and governance
Community participation and community building around desert ecosystems, prevention of desertification, and development and use of desert areas
Construction of preserves, national parks, scenic spots [tourist attractions], forest park Public education and community building in nature preserves National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, State Forestry Administration, State Oceanic Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Ecological Tourism in nature preserves
Scientific research in nature preserves (limited to experimental areas)
Monitoring patrols in nature preserves (limited to experimental areas)
Protection and use of tourist attractions
Planning, construction, and management of tourist attractions
Cooperative research on natural parks construction
Construction and management of forest parks, and capacity building
Prevention of Pollution Water pollution prevention Ministry of Environmental Protection, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Atmospheric pollution prevention
Soil pollution prevention
Noise and light pollution prevention
Environmental Monitoring
Enviornmental legislation and enforcement
Emergency response and handling of sudden environmental incidents
Publicity and education on the environment
Meteorological operations and services Communications and cooperation on meteorological observation, forecasting, services, and consultation China Meteorological Administration, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Poverty and Disaster Relief, and Related Areas Social Assistance Research and exchange on social assistance policy Ministry of Civil Affairs, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Assistance in individual cases of targets of social assistance
Training of professional talent for social assistance
Auxiliary work such as organizational implementation in social assistance
Social Welfare Research, planning, and consulting on social welfare policy
Development of Charities
Development of eldercare services industry
Development of child welfare
Social services and social work Community governance and community service
Social work
Volunteer Service
Protection of minors
Disaster prevention, disaster reduction, disaster relief Publicity on disaster prevention, reduction, and relief; and technical training
Donation of goods and money
International communication and cooperation
Poverty assistance and reduction State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Work with persons with disabilities Rehabilitation of disabled persons China Disabled Persons' Federation, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments and provincial-level disabled persons' federations
Employment of disabled persons
Financial supports for disabled persons
Safeguards for disabled people's rights and interests
Education for persons with disabilities
Cultural and sports of persons with disabilities
Other Legal services Administration of and capacity building for lawyers Ministry of Justice, as well as judicial administrative departments of provincial-level people's governments
Legal Aid
People's Mediation
Publicity and education services for Governance in Accordance with Law
Women's development and gender equality Gender equality All-China Women's Federation, as well as provincial-level women's federations
Women's development
Trade union work Research and communication on trade union work All-China Federation of Trade Unions, as well as provincial-level trade unions
Research, communication, and cooperation on social organizations Research on the administration of social organizations Ministry of Civil Affairs, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Communication and Cooperation on the Administration of Social Organizations
Networking activities in the area of overseas Chinese International networking activities held in China for overseas Chinese Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Other Human resources and social security safeguards Research on human resources and social security policy Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Public employment planning and policy research and consulting services
Research, communication, and cooperation on bringing in foreign talent research, consultation services, publicity and education on development plans, laws, regulations and policies State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, as well as competent department of the provincial-level people's governments
Exchange and cooperation and romotion of achievements on the introduction of foreign talent and intellectual resources
Communication and cooperation for travel abroad (crossing borders) training programs and promoting achievements
Cooperative exchanges and promotion of achievements on introducing advanced foreign knowledge systems
Movement of natural persons Research, communication, and cooperation on the movement of natural persons; Research, communication, publicity and education on laws, regulations and policies concerning the management and services for foreigners. Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, as well as competent departments of provincial-level people's governments
Explanation:
1. This catalog and directory is drafted in accordance with articles 3, 11 and 34 of the "Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Foreign Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China", to provide guidance to foreign non-governmental organizations [FNGOs] carrying out activities in mainland China.
2. FNGOs applying to establish representative offices within mainland China are to follow this catalog and directory to determine the professional supervisory unit [PSU] on the basis of their scope of operations, activity region, and their needs in carrying out activities; and after the professional supervisory unit has agreed, apply for registration with the provincial-level public security organ for the are where the representative office is to be established.
3. Where FNGOs establishment of representative offices involve more than one activity field, they should determine a PSU on the basis of their primary activity field and primary scope of operations, and the primary PSU may solicit the opinions of relevant department on the activities involved in other fields, and those relevant departments are to actively cooperate and jointly complete service and management work.
4. The public security organ of each provincial-level people's government is to summarize actual local conditions, and together with relevant departments, consult this catalog and directory, and research, draft and issue a "Catalog of Fields and Projects for FNGOs with Activities in China, and Directory of Professional Supervisory Units" for that area, to provide guidance to FNGOs carrying out activities in mainland China.
5. This catalog and directory is to be adjusted and modified at appropriate times on the basis of the actual situation and changes in FNGOs carrying out of activities within mainland China.

Tranlsation Notes

  1. The MPS translation of the FNGO Law, refers to “overseas” NGOs rather than “foreign” NGOs (境外) (ONGOS rather than FNGOS), this is to clarify that Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan organizations are covered by the law. We find ‘overseas’ equally ambiguous, and continue to use foreign for consistency with our other translations, noting that this also includes these three regions
  2. The MPS translation of the FNGO Law, refers to “organizations in charge of operations” rather than “Professional Supervisory Units” [PSUs]. We have continued to use PSU, an accepted term of art in other laws, to avoid confusion. The MPS translation is hopefully misleading as to the scope of these units duties.
  3. The term 交流 “communications” as a permissible form of activity could be translated as “exchange“
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3 Comments

  1. The key terms, “overseas NGOs” (instead of “foreign NGOs”, because the former includes NGOs from Hong Kong etc.) and “organizations in charge of operations” (instead of “professional supervisory units”), are taken from the “official” English translation of the Law, as published on the MPS website:
    http://www.mps.gov.cn/n2254314/n2254409/n4904353/c5548987/content.html

    It is also worth considering using the term “areas” and “sub-areas” instead of “fields” and “sub-fields”, although this probably doesn’t matters as much.

    • Thanks, It is VERY useful to have the corresponding MPS English terms here for everyone’s reference. I would add that ‘communication’ could also be translated as ‘exchange’ throughout.

      We have the MPS translation on our site as well, but have decided to stick with our original terminology in our own translations, for all the reasons that made us choose those terms in the first place.
      “Fields” over “Areas” for example, to avoid confusion with geographic scopes also included in the law.

  2. A comment on who’s *missing* among the “organizations in charge of operations”:
    – four ministries: MFA, MND, MPS, MSS (the latter three rather obvious, but interesting that MFA is excluded)
    – any and all CCP departments (in particular, the International Department and the Central Party School)
    – any and all academic institutions (even those officially classified as “Institutions Directly under the State Council”, such as CAS, CASS, CAE, DRC and the Chinese Academy of Governance)

    The only OCOs in this list that are *not* (officially) governmental departments:
    – China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)
    – China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF)
    – All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF)
    – All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

    For comparison, here is the complete list of central governmental departments:
    http://dignitaries.china.com.cn/html/zhongyangzhengfu/index.html

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