His Excellency Gao Hongfeng, Vice Minister, Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China
The Honorable John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, United States Department of Transportation

Both the United States and China face unique challenges in the realm of infrastructure development and maintenance especially within the transportation sector. While the US transportation network is extensive, it is aging rapidly and in need of reconstruction and rehabilitation. This, combined with efforts to keep pace with 21st century demands including high speed rail, is increasingly difficult to fund. At the same time, China finds itself in the midst of an infrastructure boom. China’s next challenge is matching the pace of change with developing an integrated transport system. The Chicago Council will present a public lunch to explore this topic as part of the 6th US-China Transportation Forum hosted by the US Department of Transportation, which is being held in Chicago for the first time.

His Excellency Gao Hongfeng is vice minister of the Ministry of Transport for the People’s Republic of China. He is also a member of the Ministry of Transport Party Leading Group, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Previously he was director of the Organization Department of the Central Party Committee, and deputy general of the Civil Aviation Administration’s Department of Personnel. He graduated from Inner Mongolia Hydro Electric Power College and the distance learning course of Central Party School.

The Honorable John D. Porcari is the United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Prior to this he served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, vice president for Administrative Affairs at the University of Maryland, deputy secretary of transportation for Maryland, and assistant secretary for economic development policy at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. He received his BA from the University of Dayton, Ohio and his MPA from the State University of New York at Albany.




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