Challenges in the Process of PRC's Urbanization


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 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 People’s Republic of China’s Urbanization”, presenting new insights into PRC’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 PRC’s urbanization, including the policy implications of PRC's rapid urbanization process, the progress made towards the ambitious urbanization goals for 2020, and the myriad challenges and opportunities ahead.

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