Policy Forum on Prospects of China's Agricultural Economy in 2030
On November 19th, 2010, the Final Policy Forum of the CATSEI project was held in Beijing, addressing the opportunities and challenges of China’s agricultural economy until 2030. This Forum marked the end of the CATSEI project that started in 2007, co-funded by the European Commission and implemented by SOW-VU, the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policies of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria), the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (The Hague), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC).
The Forum was well attended by a mix of policy makers, researchers and foreign representatives. After the official opening of the Forum by Jikun Huang, director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy and host of the Forum, opening speeches weredelivered by Dr. Hongxing Ni, Director-General of the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Jessica Mitchell, Science and Technology Attaché of the Delegation of the European Union to China. The presentations by the CATSEI-partners were followed by lively discussions in which several participants expressed the usefulness of continuing cooperative work along these lines.
From SOW-VU side Michiel Keyzer, Max Merbis and Wim van Veen participated in the Forum. In his capacity as project coordinator, Michiel Keyzer introduced the program of the Forum and its relation to the CATSEI activities of the past years. Together with Wim van Veen he gave a presentation on the future of China’s agriculture until 2030, emphasizing the likely patterns for foreign trade, farm incomes, consumer welfare and environmental pressure. Max Merbis discussed bilateral agricultural trade issues between China and EU, explained common concerns underlying their trade policies and identified potential conflicts.
A full report of the Forum will appear shortly on the CATSEI website.