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China’s Rise and Structural Transformation in Africa: Ideas and Opportunities – podcast now online

Friday, 14 November 2014

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Dr Frank Hwang, Professor Justin Yifu Lin and Professor John Knight
(left to right) Dr Frank Hwang, Professor Justin Yifu Lin and Professor John Knight

We were pleased to welcome renowned economist Professor Justin Yifu Lin to the College last month, when he delivered this year’s Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP) Distinguished Speaker Lecture.

Professor Lin spoke on the subject of 'China’s Rise and Structural Transformation in Africa: Ideas and Opportunities', and his lecture is now available as a podcast on the St Edmund Hall YouTube channel. It was a very well-attended event, organised by OXCEP and co-sponsored by the Oxford Chinese Students & Scholars Association.

Justin Yifu Lin is currently professor and honorary dean at the National School of Development at Peking University, and vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was the senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to joining the Bank he served for fifteen years as founding director and professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University.

Question time during Professor Lin's lecture at St Edmund Hall
Questions from the floor for Professor Lin

He is the author of 24 books including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession,The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Countries can Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy and Viability. He is much sought after as a top economic adviser, both within and beyond China. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from six international universities and is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.