This research was presented in a seminar at the Graduate School of Management, National Academy of Sciences of China, Beijing on November 03, 2011. It outlines the enormously complex and interconnected challenges resulting from rapid and large scale urbanization in the major cities of China. By 2040, China will more than 600 cities with a population of one million or more. What housing, transport, health, education and migrant workers in urban China? What are the appropriate policies to pursue in the context of social and economic development of the citizens, irrespective of where their initial residence was? How do we compact income and educational opportunities disparities? Questions are raised and the directions for solutions are pointed out.
This paper was presented at the Global Young Entrepreneurs Summit in Yixing, Jiangsu province, China on May 28, 2010. With unprecedented economic growth over the period 1990-2010 in China, there is an urgent need to take a critical look at not only the rules, regulations and the laws governing enterprises and entreprenuership but also define the realms of social responsibility of entrepreneurs. Currently the second largest economy of the world which is expected to become the world’s larger economy by 2035-40, China poses tremendous challenges in dealing with the realm of social responsibility of enterprises and entrepreneurs. This paper poses questions based on current norms and makes suggestions for ethical standards and examples.
THis research was presented at the Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC on January 10, 2010 at a Worksop on Rural Roads Financing Around the World. It describes the growth of rural roads development in China during 1989-2009 and the various financing methods and options, there of. It focuses on the success and failures regarding the building of roads and maintaining them at high standards over a period of time.
This research was presented at the Global Futures Dialogue in Berlin, sponsored by the Economist Magazine and Siemens, on October 26, 2009. The Futures Dialogue brought together global leaders to discuss the global challenges resulting from economic growth, technological growth, ecological challenges and urbanization. This paper focuses on two large Asian countries: India and China = CHINDIA, with a total population of 2.7 billion people and urbanizing at very rapid rate. The paper poses questions, current challenges and offers suggestions on governance and migration from rural to urban areas. The primary impacts of urbanization, urban poverty, migrant workers, housing and transport are highlighted.
This research was presented as a seminar to graduate students in civil engineering, planning and management at Tsinghua University, Beijing on April 22, 2009. The presentation outlines the stays of traffic safety in China, provides an analytical and data base for evaluating traffic safety and as well provides examples as to why more attention is required to amend/rectify driver behaviour. Various data on driving without drivers license, “hit and run”, enforcement and penalties are discussed. It is pointed out that more enforcement to improve driver behaviour and more education is required to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities in China.
This paper was printed at the annual conference of the National Association of Chinese Overseas Transportation Professional (NACOTA) in Washington, DC on January 11, 2011. With China’s 12th 5-year plan under preparation, this research explains the background as well as potential changes to national transport policy directions during the 12th 5-year plan. The presentation poses questions on potential policy changes.
The Sichuan earthquake in 2008, was a severe national tragedy resulting in 79,000 fatalities and nearly 4 million people rendered temporarily or permanently homeless. This presentation covers the nature of this earthquake, the havoc it caused and the emergency and more permanent responses by the Chinese authorities.
This presentation discusses the global economic slowdown of 2008 and its impacts on China. It was presented an Academy-wide seminar at the National Academy of Sciences in Beijing in August 2008.
There was a major public health crisis with the contamination milk products from dairies from Shijiazhuang province. This paper was presented at the Graduate School of Management, National Academy of Sciences of China and provides the background the crisis, the published details and provides a framework for action.
Seminar presented at the Graduate School of Management, National Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China on April 29, 2008 which focuses on the impact of globalization on the economic and social development of China, particularly the vulnerable population of rural people and migrant workers. Rural-Urban income disparities and squalid living conditions of the migrant workers are presented. The progress towards better incomes and better working conditions achieved in some provinces are also discussed.