On Jan 21, SIGNAL, in coordination with the Chinese Embassy in Israel and the Moshe Dayan Center, hosted the Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission *(NDRC) and former advisor to Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, **Ning Jizhe, for a discussion of China’s 13th 5-year plan. Mr. Ning spoke to a diverse panel of Israeli researchers and Senior policy fellows including; Dr Shalom Wald, Prof Meron Medzini, Mr Yoram Schweitzer and others. Mr. Ning was joined by Dai Yuming, from the Chinese Embassy in Israel.
In his remarks Mr. Ning elaborated on a variety of topics from; shifting trends in Chinese GDP and economic diversification to expanding global partnerships with numerous strategic regional players, while increasing green energy technology research & development through multinational cooperation. As a point of note Mr. Ning made specific reference to a desire to increase cooperation between Israeli research centers and those of the NDRC. Mr. Ning expressed the NDRC’s appreciation of SIGNAL’s role in facilitating productive and essential dialog between Chinese officials and the Israeli academic community in both China and Israel.
SIGNAL looks forward to continuing its work with top Chinese Israeli intellectuals and policy makers such as the NDRC delegation to build forums for exchanges of ideas. That The Seminar on China’s 13th 5-year proved once again that Israel and SIGNAL are committed to building the core relationships necessarily to promote a strong and comprehensive approach to Chinese affairs.
*The NDRC is “to formulate and implement strategies of national economic and social development, annual plans, medium and long-term development plans; to coordinate economic and social development; to carry out research and analysis on domestic and international economic situation; to put forward targets and policies concerning the development of the national economy, the regulation of the overall price level and the optimization of major economic structures, and to make recommendations on the employment of various economic instruments and policies; to submit the plan for national economic and social development to the National People’s Congress on behalf of the State Council.”
**Dept. Director Ning Jizhe has served in a verity of roles throughout the Chinese economic establishment. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Ning was Assistant Director of Research Office of the State Council. From 2007 to 2013 he was Deputy Director of the Research Office of the State Council eventually rising to director in 2013. In 2015 Mr. Ning was named Deputy Director, National Development and Reform Commission.