1/07/2015 - Today’s entry of the People's Republic of China to the OECD Development Centre marks an important step in support of China's transformation and transition to a new growth model, as well as new chapter for the OECD, as it welcomes China into its 'family'.
China is joining a group of 48 OECD and non-OECD countries that are members of the OECD Development Centre. The Centre helps decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies. China is also an OECD Key Partner, like Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa, which are already members of the OECD Development Centre.
Mr. Li Wei, the President of the Chinese Development Research Centre of the State Council (DRC), accepted the OECD’s official invitation to join the OECD Development Centre, endorsing China’s membership in the Centre in the presence of H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, during a historic high-level visit to the OECD headquarters in Paris.
OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, strongly welcomed China’s entry as a “historic and transformative opportunity for mutually beneficial knowledge-sharing. Membership recognises both China’s sound experience in development and the Development Centre’s role in convening a policy dialogue between OECD and non-OECD countries to advance policy solutions and best practices for sustainable development.”
“The OECD Development Centre has carried out significant research and dialogue on inclusive growth, economic restructuring, poverty reduction, the United Nations post-2015 agenda, the G20, global value chains, and sustainable development and has achieved remarkable results,” stated President Li Wei. ”We would like to exchange our experience in development with other members of the OECD Development Centre, including the lessons we have learned” he added.
“China’s membership in the Development Centre will help strengthen partnerships with governments and institutions in countries throughout Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central and Southeast Asia” added Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, and “it will also create new cooperation opportunities with non-state actors, such as foundations, think tanks, and the business sector as well as with international and regional organisations that are key partners of the Centre”.
The Development Centre, drawing on work from other parts of the OECD, can provide analytical and comparative policy expertise and dialogue platforms – at the global, national and regional levels - to support the development of better policies in China. It can also help to inform China’s increasing engagement with developing countries and the global community, including through endeavours such as the “One Road, One Belt Initiative.”
China’s ongoing momentum in the global arena, including its role in setting up both the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank of the BRICS and its 2016 forthcoming presidency of the G20, is key to deepening co-operation with the international community and shaping a more inclusive process of globalisation. Equally vital is China’s role in implementing the Post 2015 development agenda through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Media enquiries should be directed to Bochra Kriout (Bochra.Kriout@oecd.org; +336 26 74 04 03) at the OECD Development Centre’s Press Office.