According to the bank document, the TA will be divided into two phases. The immediate goal of the TA is to conduct a midterm review of the 13th plan in several key areas (see below). The midterm review will assess progress against the objectives of the 13th plan in these areas, the effectiveness of the policy changes and institutional and or legal reforms that have been implemented, and the challenges that remain to achieve the goals of the 13th plan. It will also discuss the challenges to the 13th plan posed by trends in global and domestic socioeconomic context. The areas that have been selected for review are:
(i) People-centered and environmentally sustainable urbanization. The TA will focus on three specific issues in this area (i) low-carbon and climate-resilient urban development; (ii) city-cluster and urban-rural development cooperation and partnerships; and (iii) social inclusion, covering issues such as hukou reform, social protection systems, healthy cities, and gender-related aspects of these challenges.
(ii) Demographic transition. The TA will examine progress in meeting the demographic transition challenge that the PRC faces, focusing in particular on population policy, potential growth, the pension system, and elderly care.
(iii) Ecological civilization. The TA will build on earlier ADB work and focus on environmental protection, water security, and climate change.
The second phase of the TA will build on the findings and conclusions of the midterm review, and carry research in these three areas forward to provide inputs into the preparation of the 14th plan. The research will draw on relevant international experience in formulating its analysis and recommendations. The proposed reforms will be sequenced and linked to a central theme of transitioning to higher quality development in the pursuit of national well-being. To this end, the second phase will seek to develop an overarching central theme for the study that will be discussed and agreed once the government's priorities for the 14th plan are more firmly established.
The latter will also be informed by the outcome of a proposed high-level academic conference. An overview report will be prepared that will summarize the findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations under the overarching central theme.
TA 9525-PRC: The Midterm Review of the 13th Five-Year Plan and the Initial Research Towards the 14th Five-Year Plan
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 0.6 million
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Department of Development Planning, National Development and Reform Commission
38.S.Yuetan Street, Beijing China 100824
National Development and Reform Commission
No. 38 South Yuetan St.
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