About this event
China is the largest economy in the Asia-Pacific region and is counting on its state-led economy to drive further growth. Yet the recent default of the Evergrande Group and the ongoing crisis in Chinese real estate and bond markets show the underlying structural weaknesses within the Chinese economy, which threatens to damage private enterprise in China and long-term sustainable growth in the country. Additionally, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has called for the strengthening of Party control of the private sector through the recently unveiled 14th Five Year Plan, with Xi Jinping highlighting the importance of state-owned enterprises as vital national pillars, signaling a reversal in liberalized economic policies. To discuss these economic and political developments, join the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) as we bring together an experienced panel of experts to discuss the increasing challenges faced by private businesses in China and the state of the private sector in China as it approaches the 20th National Party Congress in 2022.
Andrew Wilson is the Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington D.C and will be introducing the panel. Wilson has extensive experience working with the private sector on development issues in conflict and post-conflict settings, crafting successful business strategies to reduce corruption, encouraging entrepreneurship development, strengthening business advocacy, improving corporate governance standards, and promoting economic reform. He is called on frequently to speak about the linkages between democracy and business, as well as the challenges to growth in emerging markets, including corruption and the threat of corrosive capital. Wilson has worked at CIPE since 1996 in a variety of roles, including Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Programs, and Regional Director for Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia. Prior to his time at CIPE, Wilson worked for several development NGOs focusing on economic reform, private sector growth, and public diplomacy and served on numerous international working groups dedicated to political and economic development in transitional societies. He has also worked with non-profit boards to improve strategic planning and optimize organizational development. He is currently a board member of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and is a Director and Trustee of the Meadows Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Wilson received his MA in East European Area Studies from the University of London (SSEES) and a BA in History from Lewis and Clark College.
Catherine Tai is the Deputy Director for Asia of the Center for International Private Enterprise and moderator of the panel. She is responsible for overall program management, performance reporting, donor communication and partnership management throughout Southeast Asia. Tai’s portfolio of projects focuses on partnering with business associations to strengthen the role of the private sector and mobilize local networks of small and medium enterprises for constructive policy reform. In addition, she manages anti-corruption initiatives that improve the monitoring of public procurement. She works closely with local program partners to ensure progress towards stated outputs and outcomes and travels throughout the region to monitor results and meet with stakeholders and beneficiaries.