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Urbanization in Asia: A Comparative Study of the People’s Republic of China and India

Event | 5 - 6 April 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Background

Asia’s scale of urbanization is unprecedented in human history, presenting both challenges and opportunities for the region and the world as a whole. India and the People’s Republic of China are the focal point of the emerging Asian trend of megacities and the problems associated with rapid urbanization. To a large extent, urbanization has played a key role in the rise of Asia, particularly through its role in promoting exports and investment.

There is concern that rapid urbanization, while positively associated with economic growth, may not lead to a better life for all citizens if economic costs outweigh economic benefits. Even if the net benefit for the country is positive, its unequal distribution can lead to serious social, economic and policy problems.

Objectives

  • To analyze positive and negative impacts of urbanization in Asia’s two most populous countries: the People’s Republic of China and India.
  • To identify policy options for inclusive and sustainable urbanization throughout Asia, with particular attention to city size and scale, equity and welfare, service delivery, and infrastructure.

Participants

About 20 participants

Output

  • Workshop with experts and academics.
  • ADBI working papers.
  • An edited volume.

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partner

University of Moratuwa

Time of event

Day 1: 9:00 - 17:15
Day 2: 9:30 - 12:20