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Eminent Speakers Series 2011 features Yao Jing Yuan, Former Chief Economist of China’s National Bureau of Statistics

Singapore, 12 June 2011 --- China, currently in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period, faces both opportunities for growth and tough challenges. The Eminent Speakers Series returns this year with leading Chinese economist Mr Yao Jing Yuan, who will examine what will be required to achieve the objectives set out in the plan.

Mr Yao Jing Yuan, who is the former Chief Economist of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, will speak at the forum today at the SPH News Centre Auditorium on the topic of “China’s Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges”.

The Eminent Speakers Series is jointly organised by Lianhe Zaobao and Business China, and supported by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation. Back for the fourth year, the series invites prominent personalities who are highly regarded authorities in their respective fields to share their unique perspectives and insights on a broad range of topics, including current affairs, politics, business, economics, media, culture and the arts.

Past eminent speakers include Professor Justin Lin Yifu (Chief Economist of The World Bank), Mr Qian Gang (Director of China Media Project, Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong), Mr Jin Wei-Tsun (Founder of Business Weekly), Mr Yau Lop Poon (Editor-in-Chief of Yazhou Zhoukan) and Mr Nan Fangshuo (Taiwan’s leading political commentator).

The forum will be followed by a Question-and-Answer session, chaired by Prof Tan Kong Yam, Professor of Economics of the
Nanyang Technological University.

Synopsis of Talk
Mr Yao will address China's need to face both the opportunities for growth and tough challenges during its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011 - 2015). The former requires a good understanding of the characteristics of the various stages in China's growth, such as the process of industrialisation, urbanisation, marketisation and globalisation.

As for the latter, there is a need to dwell into the challenges related to the Chinese economy, such as the increasing constraints on growth arising from resource issues, the environment, innovations, an imbalance between investment and consumption, as well as China's structural issues.

China has been making efforts to refine its growth model and make strategic adjustments to its economic structure with a view to address the existing imbalance and ensure sustainable economic growth.

Profile of Mr Yao Jingyuan
Mr Yao Jingyuan is the former Chief Economist of the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS). Prior to his present work in the NBS, Mr Yao assumed the following positions:

    · Deputy Division Director at the National Economic Commission;
    · Deputy Division Director at the Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Commerce;
    · Division Director and later on Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce;
    · Vice Chair and Executive Vice Chair, Commerce Branch, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade;
    · Director-General, Commerce Development Center, Ministry of Domestic Commerce;
    · Vice President and Secretary-General, China General Chamber of Commerce;
    · Deputy Secretary-General, Anhui Provincial Government;
    · Acting Mayor and later on Mayor, Fuyang Municipality, Anhui Province;
    · Director-General and Party Secretary, Anhui Provincial Bureau of Statistics.

Mr Yao has made in-depth studies in the fields of the restructuring of China’s circulation system, international economic and trade relations, rural and agriculture development, and macro-economic performance and development. He has published studies associated with macro-economic policies.

Mr Yao is also a part-time professor at the Peking University, Tsinghua University, Jilin University, Zhejiang University, and Chinese Academy of Governance.

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