Conference: Real Estate Industry Feels Winter Chill
Experts agree China's real estate market is in a slump. But they disagree over how bad it will get, and what triggered the downturn.
Conference: Scholars Urge Economic Stimulus Scrutiny
Everyone is delighted by the Chinese government's 4 trillion yuan stimulus package. But when it comes to details, most are in the dark.
World Financial Crisis and New International System
A new global financial system that avoids the mistakes of the past and the present may not lead to protectionism and isolationism. Equally important, the emerging countries must be included since the world of finance is not ruled only by dollar, fed and Wall Street anymore.
Financial Summit II: Securities & Insurance
Securities and insurance firms in China face a growing, fast changing but government-regulated market. The sector needs to find a path for stable development, and it needs more room for innovation and competition.
Financial Summit I: Banking
China’s banks have become strong and sound, and have suffered far less than their western peers. However, linking them to the global financial market is without alternative for future growth and internationalization. Banks need to seize the chance that the crisis offers.
Panel IV: Great Opportunities for Rural Development
China's economic development brought wealth to its cities, while many rural regions are still underdeveloped. Increasing farmer's rights and income and stimulating rural consumption will not only close the gap but also help China's economy during a global downturn.
Panel III: New Mission for Fiscal and Tax Policies
The 4 trillion stimulus package to support investment and growth is just one sign of changing fiscal and tax policy in China. With economic growth came higher tax revenues, which now have to be assigned to efficient expenditures. On the other hand, China must not build up a tax burden on its citizens and companies.
Panel II: Challenges for Enterprises: Focus and Strategy
Export-driven Chinese companies are facing unprecedented difficulties as global demand shrinks. While yuan depreciation and falling commodity prices can lower their costs, it is yet unclear who will buy their products as both international and domestic demand is low.
Panel I: Economic Volatility and the Ups and Downs of Basic Industry
After a dramatic rise in commodity prices till summer 2008, prices have fallen equally strong since then. The high volatility in oil and metal prices is challenging the industry. The slump in commodities can either lead to an ease of the global economy, or to a threat of deflation and disinvestment.After a dramatic rise in commodity prices till summer 2008, prices have fallen equally strong since then. The high volatility in oil and metal prices is challenging the industry. The slump in commodities can either lead to an ease of the global economy, or to a threat of deflation and disinvestment.
Panel III: PE in the Downward Economic Cycle
The financial crisis brings not only hard times, but also low-priced investment opportunities to venture capitalists. However, not all have the liquidity or the daring ambition left necessary to make the economic cycle turn again.
Panel II: Financial Derivatives: Innovation, Risk and Regulation
Financial derivatives are finance tools to minimize risk in financial activities and allow efficient contracts and planning. However, some were used for speculation that led to huge losses within several companies – some of them not engaged in investment business at all. The right framework of regulation and practices that doesn’t hamper financial innovation has to be provided.
Panel I: How Can Real Estate Sector Survive the Winter?
Chinese real estate prices have been rising during the past years and construction industry was booming. Now, as prices are falling, demand is shrinking and investors are scared away, the real estate sector is trapped with the uncomfortable decision of holding the property and survive an uncertain time of low sales or engage in a price war to keep high sales volumes.
30 Years of Reforms Tell the Future (Part II): Political Reform, Rule of Law and Social Transformation
A functioning legal system and governments on all levels subject to a way of checks and balances are prerequisites of an efficient economy and corruption-free politics. Furthermore, a mechanism of political participation of the people can raise acceptance of political measures and help all parties involved to express their interests.
30 Years of Reforms Tell the Future (Part I): Gains and Losses of Economic Transformation
While the reforms that started 30 years ago are generally perceived as success, they do also contain way for future conflicts among its participants – government, companies and people – that need to be solved in time. Issues like environmental protection and prevention of waste, deregulation of prices, monopoly demolition and distribution of wealth prove that the time of reform is far from being over.
Re-build Pillars for China's Economic Growth
China has enjoyed double-digit growth for many years, based on booming exports, investments and consumption. However, due to slowing global demand, exports are slowing, investments suffering from deflation pressure, and consumer confidence is falling due to fear of unemployment and lack of income growth. The Chinese government has started to tackle these problems with yuan depreciation and a 4 trillion package to stimulate investments, but more reforms are necessary to keep economic growth strong.
Macroeconomic Trends of the World and China
Global growth was slowing in 2008, with many major economies sliding into recession, and will be slowing further in 2009. The financial crisis, which has had a severe impact on many banks and other financial institutions, has spread to other companies, forcing central banks as well as governments of many countries to take drastic steps, with the Chinese government and the People's Bank of China working together with their western peers. Meanwhile, oil and commodity prices have fallen from their record highs, easing inflation pressure but putting a burden on commodity industries.
Conference: Government Data Still Hard to Get
A new law designed to open government files to the public has had limited success due to a publicity shortage and uncooperative officials.
Conference: Official Cites Hydropower’s Messy Splash
A top political adviser says more government oversight is needed in the wake of a decade of disorderly hydropower development in China.
Conference: No Shortage of Ideas for Shoring up Economy
Now that consumer spending has been named a top priority for China, experts are recommending a range of ingredients for the recipe for success.
Conference: A Chance to Reshape China’s Growth Model
Experts say China should adopt a new growth model based on domestic consumption in the face of the global financial crisis and falling exports.
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