New Urbanization, New Opportunities in China


China Europe International Business School - Asia Society Hong Kong Center Forum

Half-day Forum

Registration: 8:30 am
Forum: 9:00 am
Close: 1:00 pm

Upon the identification of the guiding principles and major objectives of China's new urbanization following a heated debate in 2013, China's urbanization has embarked on a new journey.

Industrialization and urbanization are seen as twin processes of economic development, one creating the supply and one influencing the demand. To digest the excess capacity brought by industrialization, how should China promote urbanization in the aspects of infrastructure construction and consumption expansion? Finding an answer to this question can help solve China's most pressing economic issues and provide sustained momentum for China's economic development. Urbanization, however, is not just an economic issue, but also of general social importance. The plight of migrant workers is that they can neither integrate themselves into urban life nor go back to the countryside. It should be a key priority of urbanization to provide China's large population of migrant workers with real access to urban resources and development dividends so as to promote China's moderation process. In light of this, will the current measures such as the transfer of rural land-use rights, the breakthroughs in household registration system, and the "urban conglomeration strategy" be enough to resolve such key issues? What lessons can we draw from the development of Xiaogang Village in Anhui Providence, the experience of Chongqing Municipality in dealing with idle rural land, and the practices of such provinces as Heilongjiang and Guangdong in the transfer of rural land-use rights? How should real estate developers rationally plan their development as a response to the new urbanization strategy? Against the backdrop of China's new urbanization, it is a test of wisdom as capitals rush to capture the new opportunities in industrial upgrading and restructuring.

This forum will bring together the wisdom of enterprises, industry associations, research institutes and scholars from both mainland China and Hong Kong to explore the strategic opportunities and challenges brought by China’s new urbanization.



8:30 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 - 9:10 am

Welcome Address

  • Ms. S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of 
    Asia Society Hong Kong Center
  • Prof. Hellmut Schutte, Vice President & Dean of CEIBS, 
    Distinguished Professor of International Management of CEIBS
9:10 - 9:25 am

Keynote Speech I: Reform and Outlook for the Next

  • Prof. Li Jiange, Chairman of Shenyin & Wanguo Securities; 
    Vice Chairman of Central Huijin Investment Ltd.; Former
    Deputy Director of Development Research Center
    of the State Council; Former Director of Department of
    Economic System Reform, NDRC
9:25 - 9:50 am

Keynote Speech II: Chinese New Urbanization – 
Implications for the Real Estate Industry

  • Mr. Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, Chairman of Hang Lung
    Group and Hang Lung Properties
9:50 - 10:15 am

Keynote Speech III: New Urbanization - 
A Strategic Pivot for China’s Future Development

  • Prof. Chen Huai, Dean of Department of Urban & Rural
    Construction Economy, Graduate School of Chinese
    Academy of Social Sciences; 
    Former Director General of
    Policy Research Centre, 
    Ministry of Housing &
    Urban-Rural Development of PRC
10:15 - 10:40 am

Keynote Speech IV: Capturing the Investment 
Opportunities Brought by New Urbanization

  • Mr. Edward Y.M. Zhu, CEO of CHIC Group;
    CEIBS Alumnus (EMBA 2006)
10:40 - 10:55 am 

Q & A


  • Prof. Zhang WeijiongVice President & Co-Dean
    and Professor of Strategy of CEIBS
10:55 - 11:10 am  Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Exploration and Practices of New Urbanization 

Three decades ago, 18 farmers in Xiaogang Village, Anhui Province, risked their
lives to sign a secret agreement of contracting collectively-owned farmland,
lighting the torch for China's rural reform. Three decades later, Xiaogang Village
is once again under the spotlight for its transfer of rural land-use rights, much
earlier than the Central Urbanization Work Conference identified the clarification
and transfer of rural land rights as one of its six major tasks. Meanwhile, cities
and towns in close proximity to developed cities in Eastern China can’t wait to
catch the “bullet train” of new urbanization, and the suburbs in Jiangsu Province,
Zhejiang Province and Shanghai Municipalities have already made some
pioneering efforts in this regard. However, urbanization has so far failed to ignite
the enthusiasm of the capital market. What are investors’ doubts and concerns,
and how can these be addressed? What are the best ways to capitalize on potential
investment opportunities? How should real estate developers rationally plan their
developments under the new urbanization strategy? Will the service industry
and agri-business sector live up to the expectation of being two of the major
players in this new round of economic growth? As new urbanization pushes
forward, can Mainland China regain the appeal it once had for Hong Kong and
Macao in the 1980s?


11:10 am - 12:40 pm 


  • Prof. Xu DingboAssociate Dean & Essilor Chair Professor 
    of Accounting of CEIBS


  • Prof. Nie Meisheng, Founding President of China Real Estate 
    Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Wong Chun Hong, Chairman of Top Spring
    International Holdings; Co-Founder & Vice Chairman of
    Rainbow Department Store Co., Ltd.; CEIBS Alumnus (CEO 2007)
  • Mr. Edward Y.M. Zhu, CEO of CHIC Group; CEIBS Alumnus (EMBA 2006)
  • Mr. Lu Baiqiang, Chairman of Noposion Agrochemicals Co., Ltd.; 
    Deputy Director General of China Crop Protection Industry
    Association; CEIBS Alumnus (CEO 2009)  
12:40 - 12:55 pm Q & A
12:55 - 1:00 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Prof. Pedro Nueno, President & Chengwei Capital Chair
    Professor of Entrepreneurship of CEIBS

Event Details

Wed 19 Mar 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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HK$300 Asia Society members/ CEIBS Alumni/ Israel Chamber of Commerce members; HK$400 non-members
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