8th Sino-Norwegian Social Policy Forum held in Haikou

The Social Policy Forum was organized by China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD) and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) in Haikou, Hainan December 1-2, 2012. This Forum has played an important role for many years as a platform for discussions of regional development of mutual interests as well as an important channel for contacts between China and Norway.

Photo: Arne Tesli, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research

The main topic of the Forum this year was Enlarging the Middle-Income Group: Policies and Institutions. Among the topics that were discussed: Development of the middle income group – status and current trends; urbanization and the middle income group; imperative needs and basic objectives of enlarging the middle income group; citizenization of rural migrant workers; income and property transparency and structural tax changes; breaking constraints from vested interests and making breakthroughs in the income distribution system reform.

Forum participants included persons from: China Society of Economic Reform; National Development and Reform Commission; Research Office of the State Council; Chinese Academy of Governance; China Society of Administrative Reform; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Central University of Finance and Economics; Capital University of Economics and Business; China Institute of Industrial Relations. In addition, there were a large number of representatives of provincial research institutions, universities and other institutions.

Participants from abroad included representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou; Norwegian Tax Administration; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Norwegian Business School; Hedmark Knowledge Park, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research; GTZ China; British Consulate-General in Guangzhou; US Consulate General in Guangzhou; Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou.

The Forum was covered by a large number of media agencies. Some of these were: Xinhua News Agency, with several branches; Guangming Daily; Economic Information Daily; China Economic Times; The Weekly Cross-strait Cooperation; China Economic Herald; China Daily; China News Agency; China Business News; Hainan Daily; People’s Daily Online; Dragon TV.

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