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What is the China “No. 1 Central Document”?
The China "No. 1 Central Document (“Document”) is the first policy document jointly released every year by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. It is the most important policy “theme” put out by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
The first Document can be dated back to Oct. 1, 1949, when the PRC was founded. Between 1982 and 1986, the Chinese government focused on agriculture, rural communities and farmers (frequently referred to as the “Three Rural Issues”, or “San Nong Issues”) consecutively for five years in the Documents to plan for rural area reforms and agricultural development. After a period of focus on other issues, starting in 2004 the theme of the Document has returned to the Three Rural Issues, highlighting the importance of these issues in Chinese social development and economic growth. The most recent document, the 2018 Document, is the 15th consecutive document focusing on this theme and it reveals much about the future thrust of policy initiatives by the PRC government.
Given the focus the past 15 years, the “No. 1 Central Document” has now essentially become a particular term used exclusively to refer to the overarching policy statement by the Chinese government on the Three Rural Issues each year.
The Document is typically finalized by end of previous year and released in February of current year.
Why understanding the China No. 1 Central Document is important to participants in the global agribusiness economy
Informa Agribusiness Consulting has been tracking the China No. 1 Central Document series for years.
In the past, Informa applied the understanding and interpretation of this series of documents directly into client specific projects, especially when they were China related studies.
But from on-going client communications and client feedback, it is clear to Informa that there is a rising demand for timely, in-depth and independent market intelligence on China agriculture industry and policies. In our view, client awareness of this important policy document is surprisingly low.
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