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May 19, 2017

New Rules for Foreign NGO Bank Accounts

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—May 19, 2017

On May 19, the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Public Security jointly issued the “Notice on Work Related to Foreign NGO Representative Offices’ Renminbi Bank Account Management” (关于做好境外非政府组织代表机构人民币银行账户管理有关工作的通知).

According to the Ministry of Public Security’s (MPS’) official WeChat account, the Notice explains the process and required documentation for setting up a bank account within China and for banking and financial institutions’ responsibilities for verifying foreign NGOs’ documentation, and it also provides additional information for foreign NGOs who have already established such bank accounts.

China Development Brief has translated this document. It is available both on their website and in the Laws and Regulations section here on The China NGO Project.

The MPS WeChat account highlights two different government offices in their roles as Professional Supervisory Units. It notes that the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce has, thus far, sponsored 12 trade-related foreign NGOs and held a number of events to disseminate information about the Foreign NGO Law. The Health and Family Planning Commission of Yunnan Province has sponsored six of the province’s nine total foreign NGO representative offices.

Updated August 9, 2017.

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