Seminar: “Which road ahead for China’s economy?” back to events

Date: 19/11/2012 - 19/11/2012
Where: Barco, Kuurne
Type: FCCC events
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The Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) organized an interesting seminar on China’s macro-economic perspectives on 19 November at the offices of Barco in Kuurne.


Mr Bert De Graeve, Chairman of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) started with the introduction of the conference. Mr Alexander van Kemenade, Senior Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU),  presented the EIU’s long-term macroeconomic forecasts for China and discussed these in light of the new leadership’s challenges and reform prospects. He also touched upon the current downturn in China and recovery prospects.


Mr van Kemenade also turned to regional growth trends within China. Over the past decade, the changing nature of China’s economy has been underscored by a profound geographical shift in growth dynamics. The centers of economic change are no longer found on the coast in Shanghai or Shenzhen, but further inland as historically-sluggish regions begin to benefit from a recent wave of investment.


Mr Alexander van Kemenade’s area of expertise is China’s macroeconomic and political outlook, with a focus on regional dynamics at the sub-national level. He regularly contributes to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s custom research and has co-authored numerous in-house publications. He manages a number of data products, including Access China’s province- and city-level demographic forecasting model, as well as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Chinese city competitiveness rankings. He is fluent in Mandarin and has lived in China for over 20 years.