Director General

Cao Wenlian


      Cao Wenlian is Director General of the International Cooperation Center of the National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC),Vice President of the China Society of Economic Reform,  academic committee member of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), Vice  Director of External Relations and Communication of the Leading Group for Advancing the Development of One Belt and One Road and member and Secretary General of the Expert Consultative Committee of the 13th Five-Year Sub-Plan for International Production Capacity Cooperation. He is also a senior research fellow, professor and Ph.D. candidate advisor.

       Cao received his BEc, MEc and Ph.D. in economics from Xiamen University, Renmin University of China and Peking University in 1982, 1986 and 1996 respectively.  

       From 1986 to 1989, Cao worked for the Price Steering Group Office of the State Council (renamed the Price Commission of the State Council in 1988). In 1989, he joined the Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs of the State Planning Commission (now NDRC) and served as Deputy Division Director, Division Director and Deputy Director General successively. In December 2010, he assumed the current position as the ICC-NDRC Director General.  

       Since 1986, Cao has participated in the development of many important macroeconomic regulation policies and major reform plans. He has extensive experience in preparing mid- and long-term plans and annual plans. He participated in the document drafting for the first Central Economic Work Conference in 1994 and took part in the preparation and the document drafting of the National Financial Work Conferences in 1997, 2002, and 2007. He also contributed to the fiscal, taxation, financial and foreign exchange reform in 1993, the preparation for China Investment Corporation in 2005, and the reform plans formulation for national policy banks and large state-owned commercial banks between 1993 and 2008.  

       Between 1995 and 2008, he took charge of developing regulations on domestic industrial investment funds and venture capital management and advised on the pilot projects of major funds including Bohai Industrial Investment Fund, CITIC (Mianyang) Industrial Fund and Shanghai Financial Industrial Fund. He also engaged in developing supporting policies for venture capital investment.  

       Since 2011, he has taken charge of many major bilateral and multilateral international cooperation programs on behalf of NDRC and supervised over 20 important research programs by CCIEE and ICC-NDRC, including those entrusted by the Central Financial Work Leading Group Office and relevant ministries and commissions. He has also taken charge of or participated in formulating over 30 development strategies and plans for different levels of local governments.  

       Since 1981, he has published over 300 papers and policy research reports in public and internal publications including Economic Research Journal, Management World, Journal of Financial Research, China Economic System Reform, and Macroeconomic Management and edited or coauthored over 10 books. He has participated extensively in international exchanges and paid dozens of official visits to European, American, Asian and African countries. He has given keynote speeches at many academic and policy forums at home and abroad and received many ministerial-level awards, including the first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award from the former State Planning Commission.

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