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MII Merger Plan Unveiled

Xinhuanet, 3/11/08

Under the State Council Reorganization Plan revealed today, the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) will merge with the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND), the State Council Informatization Office, and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, to form the new Ministry of Industry and Information. The State Post Bureau, formerly under the MII, will form a part of the new Ministry of Transport.

Editor's Note: The ministries being merged to create the new Ministry of Industry and Information currently employ approximately 1,000 people, but as the post-merger ministry is expected to employ roughly 600 people, another 400 will be reassigned elsewhere. Some may also choose to move into the private sector.

Although not widely reported today, in a discussion with Marbridge, an inside source has also confirmed earlier rumors that the new Ministry of Industry and Information will also include a portion of the current National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and suggested it would include a department of the current State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) as well.

Keywords: restructuring COSTIND State Tobacco Monopoly Administration Ministry of Industry and Information State Post Bureau Ministry of Transport HR NDRC SASAC MII NDRC SASAC State Council State Council Informatization Office State Council Reorganization Plan telecom

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