Annual FCCC Conference: for how much longer China's turbo-growth continue? back to events

Date: 17/02/2010 - 17/02/2010
Where: Ghent
Type: FCCC events
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Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

We are pleased to invite you to our annual conference on China’s economic perspectives.  It will take place on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 at 5.00 pm at the Provincial House, Gouvernementstraat 1, 9000 Gent.

After several years of spectacular economic growth, and a short regression due to the global financial crisis, the question is how long the Chinese economy can sustain their unusually rapid growth rates. The growing demand for natural resources, increased shortages of skilled work force, massive environmental problems, rising wages and the shift from export to consumption, all signal a forthcoming delay in economic growth. But should these developments be perceived as problems, or do they actually provide new opportunities in a maturing economy?  Much will depend on how Chinese leaders cope with these changes and how the rest of the world will react to them.  In this presentation the economic perspectives of China will be supported by views from the business world and the (international) policy scene.


The programme for the conference is as follows:

5.00         Registration

5.30         Speech by Mr Bert De Graeve, Chairman of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC), CEO of Bekaert

5.50         "For how much longer will China’s turbo-growth continue?" 

                  by Dr Bart van Ark, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board

6.30         Question and answer session

6.45         Reception

Dr Bart van Ark is Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board, which has a research institute in Beijing, the China Center for Economics and Business. Van Ark is also a part-time professor in the “Economics of Technological, Growth and Development” at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The conference is being organized with the support of Flanders Investment & Trade and the Province of East Flanders (FIT).

If you are interested in attending it, please register online at before 11 February 2010.

Participation fee for FCCC members: 55€, non-members: 85€.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Best regards,


Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director

Bert De Graeve, Chairman