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June 1, 2017

Seminar on "Contribution to Achieving SDGs: China and International Partners"


Name of Meeting: Seminar on "Contribution to Achieving SDGs: China and International Partners"
Date: June 1, 2017
Sponsors: JICA, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC)
Location: Beijing, China

photoGroup photo

Moderators and panelists

photoKeynote speech by Dr. Kitano, JICA Research Institute

Mr. Haje Schutte, Head of Division, Statistics & Development Finance Division, Development Co-operation Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Mr. Cyrille Bellier, Deputy Executive Director, Strategy, Partnerships and Communcation Directorate, AFD
Mr. Bekele Debele, Program Leader, Sustainable Development, World Bank China
Mr. Philippe Pellegrin, Senior Country Officer China, Crédit Agricole
Mr. Zelai Xu, Director, Research & Development Department, China-Africa Development Fund
Ms. Luo Wang, Director, Institute of International Development Cooperation (IIDC), CAITEC
Mr. Niels Knudsen, Assistant Country Director/Teamleader South-South & Global Development Cooperation, UNDP China
Mr. Alfred Nakatsuma, Director, Regional Environment Office, USAID/Asia
Mr. Hagen Ettner, Project Director, Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development, GIZ
Mr. Lars Gronvald, Counselor, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to China and Mongolia
Ms. Xiheng Jiang, China Center for International Knowledge on Development, Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council of China
Mr. Naohiro Kitano, Director, JICA Research Institute

9 Chinese government and reserch agencies including the Ministry of Finance, Agency for International Economic Cooperation (AIECO), The Export-Import Bank of China, 12 bilateral aid agencies, 6 international and multilateral organizations, and 1 private enterprise. 60 participants in total.

Primary objectives and outcomes

photoPresentation by Mr. Schutte, OECD/DAC
photoMr. Bellier, Deputy Executive Director, Strategy, Partnerships and Communcation Directorate, AFD

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN in September 2015 is a set of common goals of the international society (Sustainable Development Goals: SDGs). The government of China expressed its commitment to achieving SDGs, by means of south-south cooperation with developing countries. It also announced a package of various external assistances to target countries at the "Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)" Forum which took place in Beijing on May 15, 2017.
Against this background, JICA, AFD and CAITEC co-hosted this seminar, aiming at discussing two questions: 1) how can China contribute in order to achieve SDGs? (focusing on the ongoing discussion on how to understand the public development finance flow, i.e. the Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD)), and 2) what might be the influence and perspective on China's development aid architecture after BRI Forum?

Content of the discussions

photoPresentation by Ms. Wang, Director, CAITEC

This seminar was composed of a keynote speech and two sessions.
Mr. Kitano gave a keynote speech, introducing his recent research update on China's external aid estimate (2001-2015) as well as Japan and China's approaches and activities on SDGs and TOSSD.
In Session 1 "Development finance in the era of SDGs—mixed financing for development and TOSSD", Mr. Schutte from OECD/DAC presented the working definition of TOSSD, the reasons that OECD/DAC promotes TOSSD and upcoming working process. Panelists introduced their institutions' approaches to TOSSD and discussed potential issues.
In Session 2 "The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and SDGs", Ms. Wang from CAITEC/IIDC presented the details of the aid package announced at BRI Forum and its relation to SDGs, challenges that the government of China may face, and the working mechanism for BRI. Panelists introduced their institutions' BRI-related programs and provided their points of interest on BRI.


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