On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the OECD’s collaboration with China, the following events will take place in Beijing:
- A 20th Anniversary event organised jointly by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the OECD to celebrate two decades of cooperation between China and the OECD. To be held on Thursday, 19 March, 15:00-18:30 at Cuilanxuan Hall, Xinhai Jinjiang Hotel. Vice Premier Wang Yang will give a keynote speech in the Opening Ceremony. OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría will join Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei to discuss the future of China-OECD cooperation. High-level OECD and Chinese officials will discuss topics ranging from China in a changing global environment to China’s structural reform agenda. The results of two reports prepared by the OECD in contribution to the preparation of the 13th Five-Year Plan on inclusive growth and on the adjustment of the roles of the government and market forces will be presented. Seats are limited but journalists can attend on a first-come/first serve basis to listen to the discussions. There will be no Q&A. For information and/or to receive an electronic version of the 20th anniversary brochure, please contact LI Yan, OECD Global Relations Secretariat on +86 136 21 01 26 33 by March 17.
- The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 20 March 2015, focuses on thetransition to a “New Normal” rate of growth. The report discusses the recent slowdown and factors behind it as well as the ways to embark on a sustainable growth path amid demographic changes and deceleration of productivity growth. It covers major structural reforms needed including those enhancing skills and moving people out of agriculture as well as ways to boost service industries, continue financial liberalisation and contain fiscal risks. Two press conferences will take place around the Survey:
- An embargoed press briefing for international media will take place at 11:00 am on 20 March at the Australian Embassy (21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Beijing). Information from this invitation-only event is under embargo until 14:00 Beijing time (07:00. Paris Time) on 20 March. Media must pre-register. A list of camera equipment needs to be provided with registration. To register, please RSVP by 18 March to Liu Ting. Media must bring their press cards or passports for access to the Embassy. Please arrive by 10:30 before the start of the press conference to gain entry. Any requests to interview Mr Gurría should be directed to OECD Head of Media, Dan Morrison.
- A press conference for domestic journalists at 14:00 Beijing timeon 20 March, with the Secretary-General of the OECD and an NDRC leader will take place at the InterContinental Beijing Financial Street Hotel (Xian Ballroom on the 5th floor, address: 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100033). To register please contact Ms LI Taoya (T: 68 55 83 10 or Mobile: 13 68 35 19 782) from the State Information Centre.
The Survey will be available to journalists on the OECD's password-protected website at 07:00 a.m. Paris Time (14:00 Beijing Time) on 20 March for immediate release.
An overview with the main conclusions will be freely accessible in pdf format on the OECD’s web site at http://oecd.org/china/economic-survey-china.htm. You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the OECD Economic Survey of China, by e-mail and under embargo, the day before release. The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the Survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the Survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Secretary-General Gurría will also participate in the China Development Forum, where he will deliver a speech on Opening Up in the New Normalon Sunday March 22nd, 15:40-16:40.
For further information about the anniversary event, the Economic Survey or the visit of Secretary-General Gurría, contact the OECD’s Media Division in Paris (+33 1 45 24 97 00, email@example.com) or in Beijing, Ms. Li Yan (firstname.lastname@example.org and +86 136 2101 2633).