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.