NDRC: Urbanization coverage to exceed 50%

By Guan Xiaomeng (
Updated: 2010-03-30 16:46
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The urbanization coverage during the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) will exceed 50%, according to an official at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Tuesday.

Li Shouxin, director of the department of development planning for NDRC, said at a press conference that the urbanization coverage would see an annual increase of 0.8 to 1 percent during the next 10 to 15 years.

By the end of 2009, China had urbanization coverage of 46.6%, with an urban population of 622 million.

Li said 167 million of the urban population are migrant workers and called for better living conditions for the workers who contribute to the urban construction.