All failed industrial policies are said to be alike; all successful ones are successful in their own way. With job creation at center stage and new solutions to increase productivity and create jobs needed now, this Conference, organized by the Competitive Industries Global Practice at the World Bank, provided a venue for inspiring discussions about the latest in the “how” of growth and competitiveness, with an emphasis on local context and learning by doing.
A number of senior World Bank Group clients and recognized international thought leaders attended the Conference sharing their experiences and views.
Among senior officials, were Shri Arun Maira, Member of the Planning Commission of India; Patrick J. Achi, Minister of Economic Infrastructure from Cote d’Ivoire; Mugo Kibati, Head of Kenya's Vision 2030; and Laura Alfaro, former Minister of Planning and Policy from Costa Rica.
Eminent academics, such as Nicholas Bloom, Ha-Joon Chang, JP Faguet, Mushtaq Khan, Mariana Mazzucato, Rohini Pande, John van Reenen, Charles Sabel, and Liu Xielin shared their latest thinking.
Also sharing their perspectives were distinguished representatives of the private sector, among them Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex; R. J. Lino, Director of Indonesia's Port Corporation (Pelindo II); Jose Augusto Coelho Fernandes, Executive Director, Policies and Strategies, National Confederation of Industry from Brazil; and Guillermo Luz, Private Sector Co-Chair, National Council for Competitiveness in the Philippines.
The conference was keynoted by:
University Professor, Columbia University
Subsequent plenary sessions on day one of the conference focused on the risks and rewards of industrial policies, experimental policy reform, public initiatives to spur private innovation, and regional approaches to execution, with a final session focused on Africa. The second day held seminars on topics ranging from the Bank's forthcoming flagship study on South Asia, to the knowledge economy, provincial competition, learning and coordination units, and more.
Organized with generous support from the
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