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Speeches

Message from the Co-Chair

 

LI Wei, President of the DRC

China Development Forum (CDF) 2012 will be solemnly held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 17th -19th 2012. On behalf of the Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all the Chinese and overseas representatives in attending this forum.

CDF was established in 2000 by the DRC with the mission to “pass the voice of China, explore the trend of the world, gather the world's wisdom, and jointly create a better future with development”. Over the years, featured with “high-end, in-depth, forward-looking and interactive”, CDF has become an important high-end channel for Chinese government, global business leaders, leaders of international organizations, well-known scholars at home and aboard to exchange and discuss the important issues concerning China’s economic and social development. It has achieved fruitful results.

This year’s forum has tentatively chosen ‘China and the World: Macro-stabilization and Economic Restructuring” as the theme. Major issues focusing on macroeconomic stability, economic restructuring, fiscal policy and institutional reform, and technology innovation will be discussed. The year of 2012 sees China facing an extraordinary situation both at home and abroad. From a global point of view, the negative impact of the financial crisis continues to spread with many instabilities and uncertainties. Domestically, it is still a very arduous task to achieve steady growth, price control, structure adjustment and people’s living improvement. The theme of the forum with its focus on the short term macroeconomic stability as well as the long term structure adjustment and sustainable development is timely and essential.

DRC is a leading policy research and consulting institution directly under the State Council. Its main functions are to undertake research on the overall, comprehensive, strategic, long-term and perspective issues concerning China’s economic and social development and to be committed to provide dedicated and operable high quality policy recommendations and advice to the government. The forum has brought us a rare opportunity for learning and communication which is mutually beneficial for the international society to understand China’s development achievements and the policy trends, and for the Chinese government to understand the leading-edge progress and experience from the international economic and social development, and therefore further enhance the exchanges and cooperation between China and the world.

 

Andrew N. Liveris, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company 

As the foreign chair of the China Development Forum, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the China Development Forum (CDF) 2012. I thank you for your participation and your leadership, and I look forward to a productive exchange as we address the major economic opportunities and challenges that China faces in the years ahead.

It has been 10 years since China entered the World Trade Organization, and its membership has yielded win-win results for China and the world. In 2010, China became the world’s second-largest economy, and is today the world’s largest exporter and second-largest importer. Without a doubt, China’s economic achievements have been formidable.

It also has been 10 years since the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) established the CDF.  In that time, the forum has grown into a powerful platform in which leaders from all fields bring their broad expertise and lend global insight to the key economic issues facing China. I congratulate the leaders of the State Council and the central government of the People’s Republic of China for their enthusiastic and continued support and participation in the discussion generated by the CDF.  Moreover, it is my belief that the forum’s advice and proposals have been influential in guiding sound economic policies.

Today, China is at a crossroads. After three decades of economic expansion, the nation is determining what model of development it will follow to sustain economic growth while also balancing domestic concerns and a challenging world economy. The Chinese government has taken an important step by setting its economic growth target for 2012 at 7.5 percent which is indeed a great indication of China’s efforts to focus on economic restructuring and achieve sustainable growth. I look forward to discussing with all of you the challenges and prospects of China’s development and our global economy and have no doubt that this year’s forum will result in many incisive and enlightened perspectives. 

I have been participating in the CDF for a number of years, and believe there is no other forum that results in such a careful survey of the issues surrounding the complex nature of China’s growth. As president, chairman and chief executive office of The Dow Chemical Company, I am honored to be co-chair of the China Development Forum (CDF) 2012. Dow connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems. We understand  and celebrate the power of partnership between business,  government and society to address world challenges and applaud the DRC for driving this collaboration through the CDF.  Dow is proud to support this critical exchange of ideas and we look forward to a successful CDF 2012.

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