The CESA-HFUT Joint Conference, 17-18 Sept 2015, Hefei, China

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The Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) – Hefei University of Technology (HFUT) Joint Conference: The Fourth Wanjiang River Economic Forum



Hefei, Anhui, China, September 17-18, 2015
College of Economics
Hefei University of Technology

“New Sources of Growth and Challenges in China”

About the Conference:
Since the opening and reform in the 1980s, Chinese economy has experienced very rapid growth, with an average GDP growth rate from 1980 to 2013 being as high as close to 10 percent. The fast economic growth appears to benefit ordinary Chinese people. Nowadays we observe more and more Chinese travel overseas for tourism, education, and even hunting for real estate. However such rapid economic growth cannot be taken for granted. The age of growing at a rate higher than 9 percent seems to have passed and will never return. Instead an era of “New Normal (新常态)” appears to set in.

In this age of “New Normal”, policy makers are in search of new sources of growth. Domestically, urbanization was once thought to be a good source of economic growth. Not surprisingly the infrastructure investment needed in the process of urbanization is likely to boost economic growth. Institutionally, the experimentation of free trade zone is blooming in different parts of China. However to what extent this institutional reform can contribute to economic growth is yet to be discovered. Externally, the One Belt and One Road initiative aims at establishing a closer regional economic cooperation among countries involved. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, initiated and led by China, intends to finance the infrastructure projects in the Asia region.

While policy makers search for new sources of growth, Chinese economy is at the same time faced with a number of challenges, such as pollutions of the environment, widening of the income equality, particularly between the rural and urban people, and growing regional economic disparities. Not surprisingly these challenges can derail China’s economic development, if they are not addressed properly. Therefore, in the current context of economic development in China, this conference aims to explore issues related to the sources and challenges of economic development, and their implications for the long run growth.

The conference is jointly organised by the College of Economics of Hefei University of Technology and the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA). The College of Economics of Hefei University of Technology will cover the local costs, including the conference registration fee and accommodation (up to three nights).


  • The organisers invite all papers addressing the following topics:
  • Economic/structural reform in China;
  • Australia-China trade and FDI relations, in particular trade in agricultural goods;
  • Food security issues, including food security in domestic production and international trade;
  • Farm land reform in China, in particular Australian experiences on the land ownership;
  • Urban-rural relationship, including migration, rural finance, and income disparity between rural-urban people;
  • Environmental issues and regional development;
  • The Belt and Road Initiative:New opportunities and challenges for the development of Wanjiang River City Belt;
  • Other macro-economic issues in China.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ligang Song, Associate Professor and Director, China Economy Program, Australian National University
  • Guanghua Wan, Director of Research. Asian Development Bank Institute

Key Dates:

  • 31 July 2015: Abstracts of papers due (please email submissions in word files);
  • 15 August 2015: Notification of acceptance of conference papers;
  • 15 August 2015: Conference registration opens;
  • 30 August 2015: Full papers due;
  • 15 September 2015: Conference registration closes.

Organizing Committee:
Committee Chair:
Prof Zhu Weidong
College of Economics
Hefei University of Technology
Tel: 86-551-63831806

Committee Members:
Zhu Weidong, Liu Feng, Sun Sizhong, Wu Yanrui, Wu Huaqing

Inquiries and Submission of Abstracts:
Please contact:

Prof Liu Qing
College of Economics
Hefei University of Technology
Tel: 86-551-63831807,86-138-5608-1881
Fax: 86-551-63831807

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