Workshop on Poverty Reduction in China's New Development Stage

25 Feb 2011

A joint workshop on the "Challenges and Responses to Poverty Reduction in China's New Development Stage 2011-2020" was co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and UNDP in Beijing on 25 February 2011.

In a critical period of transition from the nation's 11th Five-Year Plan to its 12th, this timely workshop provided valuable insights for the finalisation of China's new Ten-Year Poverty Reduction Strategy. During the event different views from government officials and academics were presented and debated with the purpose of enriching the draft strategy. As a measure of its success, the event attracted over 60 participants including senior Chinese government officials, a collection of renowned national and international scholars and representatives from the international community.

Participants from the Chinese Government included senior representatives from the Leading Group Office on Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP), the CCP and the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Those participating from academia included Mr. Dwight H. Perkins, Harvard University, Mr. Carl Riskin, University of Columbia, Mr. John Taylor, South Bank University of London, and from the Chinese side, Prof. Wen Tiejun, Renmin University of China and Mr. Li Xiaoyun, China Agricultural University. The seminar was opened by Mr. Zheng Wenkai, Vice Minister of LGOP, and Ms. Renata Dessallien, UNDP China Resident Representative.