Let all Chinese live in peace and contentment (4)

16:41, September 22, 2009      

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There are two heavy burdens on my shoulders: "I hope that in years to come people will say that I did something for the people."

Since the Ministry of Construction and Engineering was founded in 1952, its name has been changed more than 10 times. At present it is known as the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China (MOHURD). "Looking back the process, it is clear that the name changes met the requirement of the central government in terms of economic construction and management," said Jiang. "Now, I shoulder two main responsibilities: First, how to house every Chinese person; second, how to harmoniously develop urban and rural areas."

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and in particular since reform and opening-up, China's urbanization process has attracted the attention of the whole world. Jiang believes that urbanization is an inevitable path for China. "The rapid pace of urbanization is not only reflected by functional and environmental changes everywhere from rural villages to cities, but also by the changes to people's thoughts and ideas. People's understanding of city and urbanization is updating quite rapidly." However, Jiang also believes that many problems in the process of urbanization still need to be researched, such as how to protect farmland, how to promote employment and how to protect the environment during the process. "The process of urbanization should be neither too fast nor too slow."

When Jiang was working in the Investment Department under the State Planning Commission in April 1988, he was dispatched to a real estate development company to gain experience. He worked as deputy general manager of the company. "Although I only stayed there for seven months, I learned a lot of things from the market. That period will benefit my whole life, and was also my first contact with real estate."

Though it was a short period, the experience was intensely covered by the media, and for a time, the "Real Estate Developer Becomes Minister" title could be seen on many newspapers. "When I saw those reports, they actually brought memories of this short period," said Jiang. "The intention of the media is positive and active. They simply wanted to express that: This person more or less knew the real estate market, and so we can pin some hope on him."

"There are always a lot of coincidences in one's life. If I knew I would be sent to this Ministry to work 20 years ago, I should have stayed and studied at the real estate company for more time," said Jiang smiling. "I hope that in the future people will say that I did some useful things for the people when I was working in the MOHURD; and in particular that I did quite well in terms of constructing the low-income housing project, and did not burden the people too heavily.

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