Airbnb establishes partnership with the State Information Center of China to promote sharing economy expertise

Today we announced a new three-year strategic partnership with China’s State Information Center (SIC) — affiliated to the National Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC).

The NDRC is the main macroeconomic and industry policy maker in China, and the SIC the think tank that feeds research findings and best practices into the NDRC’s policy-making process.

Through this partnership, we will work with the SIC to research the impact of the home sharing industry in China. We will work together to anticipate future trends, determine how to optimize social value creation, and promote a policy framework conducive to healthy long-term development of the industry.

Airbnb’s China Vice President An Li said, “Airbnb’s deep experience in the home sharing industry has given us tremendous experience and rich data. For Airbnb, this is a great opportunity to not only share our expertise with the SIC, but also to better understand the most important sharing economy issues on the government’s radar and learn how to better help them achieve national goals.”

Under the terms of the MoU, the parties agree to:

  • Collaborate and publish research reports
  • Share best practices from around the world
  • Provide training to government officials on specific aspects of the home sharing economy

Deputy Director of the National Information Center Ma Zhongyu shared his optimism about the partnership: “The sharing economy is gradually changing the face of China’s economy and simultaneously promoting the transformation of China’s economic model. Although the sharing economy model wasn’t born in China, its implementation has been the most effective in China. Through this partnership with Airbnb we hope to jointly explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the development of the sharing economy, and provide ideas for the reference of national policymakers.

Today’s announcement follows partnerships with cities and institutions across China. e look forward to sharing our expertise with the government, while offering support and insights for policies that help home sharing thrive to China’s long-term benefit.

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