On November 7, the 5th Germany-China Symposium for Urbanization, which was sponsored by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of Shandong Provincial People’s Government, Shandong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Shandong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, was held in Jinan Innovation Zone.
The symposium, under the theme of urban-rural integration, attracted over 150 German and Chinese participants. Song Jingwu, Vice President of CPAFFC, Wang Chengbo, Deputy Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of Shandong Provincial People’s Congress, and Michael Winzer, Chief Representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung China Office delivered speeches at the symposium. Li Yongsen, Deputy Director-General of Foreign Affairs Office of Shandong Provincial People’s Government, hosted the opening ceremony. Bernhard Kaster, member of the German parliament and former Director-General of CDU/CSU and Geng Qinghai, Counsel of Shandong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, delivered keynote speeches. 8 representatives from legislative departments, local governments, research institutes and think tanks of both China and Germany carried out in-depth discussions on such key issues as development of small and medium-sized cities, renovation of villages in the city, migration of rural population and urban-rural infrastructure. The guests also visited the city planning hall of Jinan Innovation Zone and the Fangtze Eurotown in Weifang.
The Germany-China Symposium for Urbanization is an important measure in implementing the urbanization partnership between China and Germany. The previous 4 sessions were held in Xuzhou, Shenyang, Baotou and Chengdu.