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Planning and Connecting Cities: Lessons from China
March 19, 2015Webinar


The presentation will outline some of the key features and successes of China in its transformation from a rural and agriculture society to an urban and industrialized country, where the urban population rose from around 20 percent in 1980s to 50 percent in 2010.

Date: March 19, 2015

Time: 9:00AM EST

Themes: Planning, Finance and Governance

Speaker:  Paul Procee, Urban Lead Specialist & Program Leader, the World Bank Office, Beijing

About the Course

The presentation will outline some of the key features and successes of China in its transformation from a rural and agriculture society to an urban and industrialized country, where the urban population rose from around 20 percent in 1980s to 50 percent in 2010. Some of the key challenges for China during the next 20 years will also be discussed, focusing on how planning policies should focus on better articulating density with transport systems within metropolitan regions. And how cities should avoid fragmented development and sprawl and improve connectivity between cities so that the agglomeration economies will benefit all types and sizes of cities. Medium and small cities can support and benefit from the economies and markets of nearby large cities.

This series is based on the joint report by the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization.

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    Paul Procee

    Urban Lead Specialist & Program Leader, the World Bank Office, Beijing
    Paul Procee joined the World Bank in 1999 and has been working on a wide range of projects related to urban transport, water supply, sanitation, solid waste, and disaster risk management. Since 2010, he has been working in the World Bank Beijing Office, where he manages a variety of urban infrastructure projects and is the Program Leader of the World Bank’s transport, urban, disaster risk management and water portfolio in China. Paul was part of the joined World Bank and China Development Reform Commission (DRC) multidisciplinary team that prepared the “Urban China: Towards Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Development.” Paul was one of the main authors and responsible for the Pillar Report on urban planning and spatial development, focusing on developing compact and livable cities.
  • In collaboration with Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.