UK-China Bilateral Reform and Innovation Forum 2016
Announced by Premier Li Keqiang and former Prime Minister David Cameron at the UK-China Summit in 2014, the aim of the UK-China Bilateral Reform and Innovation Forum is to enhance bilateral cooperation through sharing each country’s experience of reform and innovation, examining novel and practical ways to reform governance systems and improving understanding of how to address growth and development challenges. The first forum was successfully held in London during the Chinese state visit in November 2015.
This year’s forum will focus on infrastructure and connectivity, bringing together leading decision-makers and experts from government, companies, civil society and academia. The forum is co-convened by Chatham House and the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) and is hosted by Chengdu Municipal government.
As the Hangzhou G20 Consensus reinforced, infrastructure and connectivity in an open global economy are priorities for both the UK and China, as reflected in China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative and the UK’s regional investment projects. To date, discussion has focused on the importance of scaling-up smart finance and innovative technologies to enhance their delivery potential. A deeper understanding is now also needed on the structural challenges and opportunities around decision-making models for different levels of governments, the data and digital revolution, public-private partnerships, and effective environmental and social governance. The forum will also explore the role of cities and regions in responding to, and managing, these disruptive challenges and opportunities in an interconnected global economy.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.