ICAPP Update (10-20)
Dear Members of the Standing Committee,
This is to report you that I visited Beijing during June 11-12 and had discussions with Hon. Ai Ping, the new SC member from China, and other officials in the International Department of the Communist Party of China(IDCPC) regarding the forthcoming "ICAPP Conference on Poverty Alleviation" to be held in Kunming and Beijing, China during July 13-19, 2010.
The following are the basic logistics of the conference which have been confirmed by the discussions:
1. The total number of foreign participants in the conference is expected to be 80 representatives, including Members of the ICAPP Standing Committee and observers, due to budget constraints of the IDCPC. A total of 40 to 50 representatives will participate from China, including provincial officials and experts. The IDCPC will soon send official invitations to selected political parties in about thirty countries in Asia and other observers from international organizations and other regions, such as UN, COPPPAL, etc.
2. Foreign participants are expected to arrive in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province by the afternoon of Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The program will start with field trips to two prefectures in Yunnan Province on July 14 and 15. On Friday, July 16, the 13th Meeting of the ICAPP Standing Committee will be held in Kunming. There will be no program for other participants in the conference on July 16. The ICAPP Conference on Poverty Alleviation will be held in Kunming on July 17 and 18. All the participants will then move to Beijing in the afternoon of Sunday, July 18 by a special chartered flight to be provided by the IDCPC, for meetings with Chinese leaders on Monday, July 19, which will conclude the whole program. (See the attached tentative program of the conference.)
3. It is proposed that a document, titled "Kunming Declaration on Poverty Alleviation," be adopted at the and of the conference. The draft of the declaration will be prepared by the Organizing Committee of the Conference and will be submitted to the 13th SC Meeting for prior review. The declaration will be submitted both to the U.N. General Assembly and the 6th General Assembly of the ICAPP in the name of the ICAPP Standing Committee.
4. The IDCPC will be responsible for local accommodation of the foreign participants to be invited by the IDCPC, including hotel, food, and local transportation. Round trip airfares to and from China will, however, have to be borne by the participants. Those who will accompany the invited participants will pay for their own accommodation.
With best regards,
June 18, 2010