Workshop on the Regulation of the Construction Sector in China and Germany

Event: Society and Politics

On invitation of SAI and FES, municipal authorities from Germany and China discussed how to improve regulation of the construction sectors to cope with the accelerating urbanisation.

On June 24th and 25th 2014, Shanghai Institute of Administrative Law and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung jointly organized a workshop on the topic of “Improvement of State-Controlled Regulation of the Construction Sector in China and Germany”.

Photo: Group picture with all participants at the conference venue.

National People’s Congress has announced a far-reaching plan in speeding up urbanization in March this year. Targets to be reached by 2020 are ambitious and will require a large demand for schools, hospitals and housing stimulating the construction industry at large. As construction projects do not only shape the working and living condition for citizens but also have a strong impact on public security, expectations concerning more effective laws and regulations for the construction sector are high. At the same time, the Chinese government has declared that it supports the streamlining of government involvement in market management.

How can regulation of the construction sector be enforced, without restricting market forces too much? How can effective legislation be realized? How can existing laws and regulations find better implementation? And how can corruption in the construction sector be prevented?

Photo: Christoph Kaiser (Lawyer at Wollmann & Partner, Frankfurt) giving his speech on German public procurement law.

The workshop formed a platform for officials from municipal authorities to discuss these and more questions and to exchange ideas and experience with better and worse practices in construction management. The workshop included sessions on quality management in the construction sector, public procurement law and illegal construction.

It was part of a dialogue series on the topic of strengthening the rule of law in China, regularly organized by Shanghai Institute of Administrative Law and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

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