Beijing, 28-29 October 2009

Development Partnerships for Growth and Poverty Reduction

Background and Objectives

To facilitate the sharing of experiences and promote learning on growth and poverty reduction, the China-DAC Study Group has been formed by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC). The Study Group is focusing its work on two themes: “China’s experience on growth and poverty reduction, including the contribution of international assistance and its relevance for other developing countries, particularly in Africa” and “China’s economic co operation with Africa and its impact on poverty reduction”. The objective is to provide an international platform for exchanging views among a range of stakeholders and distilling lessons learnt, thus enhancing capacity to meet some of the new cHallenges of global development. The Study Group is taking an events-driven approach in order to involve a larger number of stakeholders in its activities.

The Study Group’s first event on “Development Partnerships for Growth and Poverty Reduction” aims to foster a rich discussion and bring out transferable lessons that will help increase the impact and effectiveness of development co operation. This event will also set the stage for the Study Group’s subsequent events in 2010 on (a) agriculture and rural development, (b) infrastructure and (c) the enabling environment for enterprise development.
More specifically, this first event will:
• Increase understanding on China’s strategies, approaches and experiences towards long-term economic growth and poverty reduction over the last 30 years;
• Analyse the approaches and experiences of China on managing international development co operation;
• Examine the relevance and implications of China’s growth and poverty reduction experience for its co operation with African countries;
• Facilitate a deeper understanding of development partnerships by different stakeholders in African countries and explore ways to improve its impact on reducing poverty.

Program Overview

27.10.2009  18:00 – 21:00      Reception by the German Ambassador at the German Embassy in Beijing

28.10.2009  09:00 – 10:00      Opening Ceremony

                      10:00 – 18:00       Session 1 “Development Partnerships and China’s Growth and Poverty Reduction”


29.10.2009  09:00 – 17:20      Session 2   “Development Partnerships and Africa’s growth and poverty reduction ”
                       17:20 – 18:00      Closing Ceremony

 

Detailed Programme

28 October, 2009 (Day 1)

(Venue:  Beijing Fraternal International Hotel, No.1 Taiyanggong Beijie, Beijing, China)
 
08:00-09:00    Event Registrations

09:00-09:40    Opening Ceremony
Chair:  Wu Zhong, Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation Internationa Hall on the 2nd floor) 


09:00-09:10 Welcome Remarks
1.Zheng Wenkai, Deputy Director, State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China
2.Richard Carey,  Director for Development Co-operation, OECD/DAC
       --Aims of the DAC-China Study Group
       --Objectives of the first event 

09:10-09:40 Chinese and African Perspectives: An Overview 
1. China’s economic development experiences and lessons for other parts of the world
Speaker: Wei Jianguo, Former Vice Minister of Commerce, P.R.China
2. The need for an effective partnership model in Africa
Speaker:  Hon. Fred Jachan-Omach Mandir, Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development,  Uganda 

09:40 - 10:00 Tea & Coffee


Session 1

Development Partnerships and China’s Growth and Poverty Reduction
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor)

In the three decades following the initiation of pro-market reforms in 1978, China has sparked and maintained a rapid economic growth and achieved the most rapid poverty reduction in human history. Using the new international poverty line of $1.25/day (in 2005 PPP), it is estimated that in the 24 years after 1981 over 570 million people in China were lifted out of poverty and the proportion of the population living in poverty fell from 84% to 16% (Chen and Ravallion 2008). During this period, external economic and development co operation played substantial roles in promoting economic transformation and social development as well as in enhancing capacity to adopt international best practices, thus expediting China’s integration into the global economy.


China’s achievements and experienices of managing  development co operation has naturally drawn attention by the international community. In view of the development cHallenges that remain in Africa, it will be useful to consider the institutions and policies behind these positive development outcomes in China.


Day 1 of the workshop shall facilitate a discussion about how international development partnerships have worked in China and how China has managed to utilise development cooperation to promote growth and poverty reduction. The session shall: 
• Clarify China’s strategy and approaches in achieving rapid growth and poverty reduction
• Provide an overview of the roles of international development partnerships in China’s growth and poverty reductiion
• Examine the relevance and implications of China’s growth, poverty reduction and international development co operation experience for African countries.

10:00-10:05 Chair:  Huang Chengwei, Deputy Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China
Moderator: Lichia Saner-Yiu, Center for Social-Economic Development, Switzerland
Introduction on Session 1: Objective and Content
Introductory statement by: Robert Haas, Head of East Asia Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 

 
10:05-11:00 Keynote Presentations
1. Key experiences of development partnerships between China and donors
Speaker: Kang Bingjian, Division Chief, International Department, Ministry of Commerce, P.R.China
2. Donors contribution to China’s development : Strategies, Policies and Practices
Speaker: Bettina Gransow, Freie Universität Berlin
3. China’s strategies, approaches and capacity development in development cooperation
Speaker: Zhou Hong, Director, Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 
 

11:00-11:30 Comments
Commentators:
1. Geoffry Mwau, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Finance/Treasury, Kenya
2. Rainer Goerdeler, Former Deputy Director General and Commissioner for Asia and South Eastern Europe, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
3. Cao Feng, School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University 

11:30-13:00 Open Discussion with the Panel (Speakers and Discussants) 90 min

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Parallel Workshops /Breakout session-Development Cooperation and China: Experiences and Lessons
14:00-14:10 Parallel Workshop Sessions (Plenary)
Introduction  by: Adrian Davis, Head for North and East Asia, DFID, UK
--Objectives of the parallel sessions
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 
 

14:10-16:00  Workshop 1: Multilaterals and China’s Development
Moderator: Kerstin Leither, Former Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme in China
Rapporteur: Yan Wang, Co-ordinator, China-DAC Study Group
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 

 14:10-14:40
 Presentations
1. Nicholas Hope, Former World Bank Country Director for China
2. Serge Abou, Ambassador of European Commission to China
3. Xue Hong, Development Cooperation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM 

14:40-16:00 Open Discussion 

14:10-16:00 Workshop 2: Bilaterals and China’s Development
Moderator: Jürgen Steiger, GTZ China, Deputy Country Director and Programme Director, Economic and Structural Reform Programme
Rapporteur:  Michael Laird, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
(Venue: Friendship Conference Hall on the 2nd floor) 
14:10-14:50
 Presentations
1.Naohiro Kitano, Director General, East and Central Asia and the Caucasus, JICA
2. Robert Haas, Head of East Asia Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
3. Adrian Davis, Head of North and East Asia, DFID, UK
4. Grant Morrison, Acting Counsellor, Development Cooperation, Australian Embassy in Beijing 
 

14:50-16:00 Open Discussion
 
14:10-16:00 Workshop 3: The Private Sector, Non-Government Organizations and China‘s Development
Moderator:  Richard Schiere, Senior Economist, Office of the Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Rapporteur:  Jennifer Adams, Counsellor for International Cooperation, Embassy of the United States of America
(Venue: Fraternal Harmony Hall on the 4th floor) 
14:10-14:40
 Presentations
1. John Fitzgerald , Representative for China, Ford Foundation
2. Mr. Zhao Daxing, Deputy Secretary General,  China Association for NGO Cooperation
3. Dr. Joerg Wuttke, President, European Chamber of Commerce in China 
 

14:40-16:00 Open Discussion 

16:00 – 16:20 Tea & Coffee

16:20 – 18:00 Plenary Session
Chair: Adrian Ngasi, International economist, Office of Development Partners,Bilateral and Multilateral Division, USAID  (tbc)
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 
16:20 – 16:50  Report from each parallel workshop
Workshop 1: Multilaterals and China’s Development
Rapporteur: Yan Wang
 Workshop 2: Bilaterals and China’s Development
Rapporteur: Michael Laird
Workshop 3: The Private Sector, Non-Government Organizations and China‘s Development
Rapporteur: Jennifer Adams  

16:50 – 17:50 Open Discussion
17:50 -  18:00 Workshop Summary (Plenary)
Summary statement:  Richard Carey, Chair, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD 

18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
(The organizer will arrange a shuttle bus for all participants to go to Huajia Restaurant, No. 235 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing and the participants staying in the Beijing Fraternal International Hotel need to take the bus back to the hotel) 

29 October, 2009 (Day 2)

Session 2  Development Partnerships and Africa’s Growth and Poverty Reduction

(Venue: Beijing Fraternal International Hotel, No.1 Taiyanggong Beijie, Beijing, China)
 

China and Africa  a continent of 53 nation states- have had very different poverty reduction experiences in recent decades. In contrast to the broad-based growth in China, development in Africa has been highly uneven. There has been a marked improvement in governance and economic fundamentals in many African countries and progress has been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, although the recent food, fuel and financial crises have set progress back.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, China has enhanced its exchange and co operation with many African countries as reflected by the sharply rising trade and investment flows, as well as cultural and educational exchanges and development co operation activities. China’s engagement could potentially contribute significantly to reducing Africa’s economic marginalisation and create new opportunities for promoting growth and reducing poverty. To achieve this potential, it would be useful to share experiences on the different types of development partnerships being pursued by various stakeholders: African countries, established donors and emerging economies. All parties involved in supporting Africa’s development can learn from each others’ experience and benefit from the formation of a closer co operative structure with the common aim of working to achieve MDGs.
Day 2 of the program sHall facilitate a discussion about how international development co operation has worked/is working in African countries. The session will:
 Analyse the progress and cHallenges of African countries in promoting growth and reducing poverty
 Review the evolution, approaches and lessons of economic and development co operation in Africa from the perspectives of different stakeholders: Africa, OECD DAC members and China.
 Highlight the impacts of international development co operation on African countries’ growth and poverty reduction
 Explore what China and DAC members can learn from each other about managing development partnerships and the approaches to enhance the effectiveness of international development co operation.


Session 2


09:00-09:10  Chair:  Richard Carey, Richard Carey, Director, Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD
Moderator:  Deborah Brautigam, American University
Introduction: Reflection on Day 1 and Objectives for Day 2
Introductory statement by: Philip Karp, Regional Coordinator, East Asia & Pacific, World Bank Institute China Office
 (venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 

09:10-10:25 Keynote Presentations
1. Implementation of China's Commitments  at the FOCAC
Speaker: Qiu Bohua, Ambassador on FOCAC Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P. R. China
2.Development partnership between China and Africa
Speaker: He Wenping, Director of African Studies Section of the Institute of West Asian & African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
3.  The evolution of partnership models of DAC members
Speaker: Pierre Jacquet, Chief Economist, French Development Agency and Chair, DAC Network on Poverty Reduction
4. Partnership models in Africa
Speaker: Firoze Manji, Founder and Director, Fahamu
5. Different African perspectives - Feedback from the Global Development Learning Network session
Speaker: Edward K. Brown, Africa Centre for Economic Transformation  

10:25-10:45 Tea and Coffee 


10:45-11:05 Comments
Commentators:
1. Adama Gaye, Chairman, Africa China Consulting Group, Senegal
2. Izumi Ohno, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan  

11:05-12:30 Open Discussion with the Panel (Speakers and Discussants) 85 min

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Parallel Workshops /Breakout session——Development Cooperation and Africa: Experiences and Lessons

13:30-13:40 Parallel Workshop Sessions (Plenary)
Introduction by Li Anshan, Institute of Asia and Africa,  Peking University    
--Objectives of the parallel sessions
(venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 

13:40-15:30 Workshop 1: Partnership Frameworks
Moderator: He Wenping, Director of African Studies Section of the Institute of West Asian & African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Rapporteur:  Edward Brown, Director, Policy Advisory Service,African Center for Economic Transformation
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 


13:40-14:30 Presentations
1. Africa-EU Partnership
Speaker: Peter Craig McQuaide, Head of Unit “Relations with international organisations and non EU States”, European Commission
2. African Development Bank’s partnership model
Speaker: Richard Schiere, Senior Economist, Office of the Chief Economist (ECON), AfDB
3. Poverty Reduction Strategy  (PRS) Process
Speaker:  Hon. Fred Omach, Minister of State, Uganda
4. Mokgadi Tena, Director in charge of bilateral cooperation, the Treasury, South Africa
5. Zhang Yansheng, Director, Institute for International Economic Research, NDRC 
14:30-15:30 Open Discussion 60 min

13:40-15:30 Workshop 2: Financing Partnerships
Moderator:  Bill Nicol, Head, Poverty Reduction and Growth Division, OECD
Rapporteur:  Nils Tcheyan, Senior Advisor, Africa Center for Economic Transformation
(Venue: Friendship Conference Hall on the 2nd floor) 


13:40-14:30 Presentations
1. Lu Qingcheng, Vice Chairman, China-Africa Development Fund
2. Pamela White, Director,  USAID  in Liberia
3.Johan Cauwenbergh, Head of Development Cooperation Section, European Commission Delegation to China
4.Judica Omari, Principal Economist, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Tanzania
5. Gu Jing, Research Fellow, Globalisation team, institute of development studies, UK

 
14:30-15:30 Open Discussion

13:40-15:30 Workshop 3: Implementing Partnerships
Moderator:  Eyob Tesfaye, Director General, Office of the Prime Minister, Ethiopia
Rapporteur: Mao Xiaojing, Development Cooperation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, MOFCOM
(venue: Fraternal Harmony Hall on the 4th floor) 
13:40-14:10 Presentations
1. Xu Weizhong, Institute of Asia and Africa, Chinese Academy of Modern International Relations
2. Dirk Betke, Program Director, Community Development Program, GTZ Mali
3. Wu Junhui, Director,  Partnerships The World Bank 


14:10-15:30 Open Discussion

15:30 – 15:50        Tea & Coffee

15:50-17:10 Workshop Summary (Plenary)
Chair: Huang Chengwei, Deputy Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 
15:50-16:20 Report from each parallel workshop
Workshop 1: Partnership Frameworks
Rapporteur: Edward Brown
Workshop 2: Financing Partnerships
Rapporteur: Nils Tcheyan
Workshop 3:  Implementing Partnerships
Rapporteur: Mao Xiaojing 
 

16:20-17:10 Open Discussion 

17:10-18:00 Closing Ceremony


Chair: He Xiaojun, Deputy Director General, Interational Poverty Reduction Center in China
(Venue: Fraternal Cooperation International Hall on the 2nd floor) 
17:10-17:25  Summary of the Event
Speaker: Li Xiaoyun, Dean of the College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University and Director of the China-DAC Study Group 15  min
17:25-17:40 Roadmap of the DAC-China Study Group
Speaker: Mr. Richard Carey, Director for Development Co-operation, OECD 15 min
17:40-18:00 Closing Remarks
1.  Hon. Fred Jachan-Omach Mandir, Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development,  Uganda
2. Mr. Wu Zhong, Director General, International Poverty Reduction Center in China