The IPP International Conference 2017, “Development and Poverty: China and the World,” was held on August 19-20 in Guangzhou, organized by the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) of South China University of Technology (SCUT) in cooperation with the UNESCO. It featured around 200 speakers and participants from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania to discuss challenges faced by countries in their global development and poverty reduction initiative.
The conference kicked off with an opening address by Wu Yechun, Vice-President of SCUT. In his address, he thanked Mr. Mo Daoming, Chairman of the Board of IPP, for his great efforts in the Institute, and Professor Zheng Yongnian, Chairman of the Academic Committee of IPP, for working tirelessly toward better governance in China.
Justin Lin Yifu, Professor and Founding Director of the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University, delivered a keynote speech on the topic of China’s development. He stressed the role of self-confidence in development. “Economic development in accordance with the theory of comparative advantage can increase the economic growth in developing countries to 2-3 times the speed of economic growth in developed countries,” Lin said. He also noted that the government can play a positive role in future economic development.
Professor Zheng Yongnian gave a rousing speech, titled “China’s Vision of Globalization and Social Governance.” He pointed out that globalization has made a significant impact on the economy, society, and politics of every nation. China, Zheng said, is well aware, that neither national populism nor economic nationalism will be the right way forward. He believes that China is geared toward addressing the challenges of globalization as it seeks to promote globalization internationally.
The conference would focus around the following topics:
· Globalization, Globalization Reversal, and Managing Poverty
· Managing Poverty in Developed Countries
· Development and Poverty in Latin American Countries
· Development and Poverty in African Countries
· Development and Poverty in Asian Countries
· Development and Poverty in China
Prof.Mehri Madarshahi, V. Chair of Asia' Pacific Exchange Cooperation Foundation,
delivered speech on Globalization and Poverty Challenges for Developing Countries
This is the first “targeted poverty reduction” dialogue ever hosted by China. It aims to deepen the understanding of the issue of poverty alleviation through analyses of poverty governance experience in China, and around the world.
Since 2013, the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) has been hosting international conferences for half a decade. Its annual conference is becoming one of the most influential academic gatherings in Southern China.