Workshops & Trainings

Challenges in the Process of the PRC’s Urbanization

26 Aug 2017 Beijing, The People's Republic of China

At the launch of reforms in 1978, only 18% of the population of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) lived in urban areas. In 2011, urban residents in the PRC exceeded 50% of the population for the first time, and is targeted to reach 60% of the population by 2020. Stanford University and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published the book “Challenges in the Process of the People’s Republic of China’s Urbanization”, presenting new insights on the country’s rapid urbanization. 

The ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) is jointly hosting the workshop to celebrate the book launch. The panel session will review key recent developments and challenges as highlighted in the volume, drawing on the insights of the NDRC, experts from academia and ADB.  The panel will focus on the critical institutional context and policies that have contributed to the PRC’s urbanization, including the policy implications of the country’s rapid urbanization process, the progress made towards the ambitious urbanization goals for 2020, and the myriad challenges and opportunities ahead.

Organizers:

  • Stanford University
  • National Development and Reform Commission

Agenda:
TimeProgram
09:15 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:40Welcome
Jean C. Oi, William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, and Director, China Program and Lee Shau Kee Director, Stanford University

Niny Khor, Coordinator, ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
09:40 – 10:00 Introduction by Volume Editors
Brief Remarks
Karen Eggleston, Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Deputy Director, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (SAPARC) & Director of the Asia Health Policy
Jean C. Oi, Stanford University
Overview
WANG Yiming, Vice Minister, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC)
10:00 – 11:30 Panel Discussion
This session will review key recent developments and challenges in the PRC’s urbanization process, as highlighted in the volume. Drawing on the insights of outside experts, the panel discussion will focus on the critical institutional context and policies that have contributed to PRC’s urbanization, the progress made towards the ambitious urbanization goals for 2020, and the myriad challenges and opportunities that still lie ahead.

Chairs:

  • Karen Eggleston, Stanford University

  • LIU Lifeng, Research Fellow Research Fellow, Investment Research Institute, Academy of Macroeconomic Research, National Development and Research Commission (NDRC)


Panelists:

  • HOU Yongzhi, Director-general and Research Fellow of Department of Development Strategy and Regional Economy, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC)

  • HE Canfei, Dean of College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

  • Sangay Penjor, Director, Urban and Social Sectors Division, East Asia Department, Asia Development Bank (ADB)

11:30 – 11:45Q&A
Chairs Conclude
11:45 – 13:00Buffet Lunch @ SCPKU

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