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China Accelerates Integrated Urban-Rural Development Programme

New guidelines designed to enhance the systems, mechanisms and policy framework relating to the integrated development of urban and rural areas have been jointly issued by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council. Released in April 2019, the strategy document outlines the required procedures for establishing an urban-rural unified construction land-use market and the gradual elimination of the current restrictions on urban settlement prior to 2020. Furthermore, it provides a timeline for the eradication of any disparity in urban / rural development and living standards in the run-up to 2035. Over the same period, it also outlines the phased coordination of the population migration system with regard to the orderly movement of residents between urban and rural locations and the due completion of the agreed agricultural / rural modernisation programmes.

 In specific terms, the state-backed initiatives will include:

  • The adoption of a number of fiscal, financial, social security and other incentives in order to suitably motivate appropriately-skilled individuals to return to their home towns or to relocate to a rural location in order to develop new business opportunities
  • Taking to steps to improve the availability of loans, subsidies for building ancillary facilities and other policies seen as likely to encourage the investment of industrial and commercial capital in areas of current agricultural use deemed suitable for future industrialisation, the establishment of large-scale operations or other forms of intensive management

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