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January 12, 2011BBL: Trade in Services and Labor Market Regulations 
Joint Brown Bag Lunch Poverty Reduction (PRMPR) and International Trade (PRMTR)

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, World Bank
Jose Guilherme Reis, World Bank

Speaker: David Barnes, IBM Corporation

Raymond Robertson, Professor at Macallester College
Sebastian Saez, orld Bank

October 20, 2010BBL: Harnessing Quality for Global Competitiveness - The Role of Metrology, Testing Labs, Certification, and Other Similar Institutions in Development
Chair: Bernard Hoekman, Director, International Trade Department, World Bank

Speaker: Jean-Louis Racine, Private Sector Development Specialist, ECSPF

Karl-Christian Göthner and Clemens Sanetra, experts affiliated with PTB, The German National Metrology Institute 

June 16, 2010

Conference: Growth, Competitiveness and Role of Government Policies 

Howard Pack, Professor of Business and Public Policy, Economics, and Management, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania   

Kamal Saggi, Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University  
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June 3, 2010

Export Strategy: Building an Export Culture 


Friedrich von Kirchbach, Director,  International Trade Centre (ITC)

Anton J. Said, Chief, Export Strategy, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Chair: Jose Guilherme Reis, PRMTR

April 28, 2010

PREM Week Seminar: Trade & Competitiveness in the Post-Crisis Environment: Structural Changes in Trade and the Role of Competitiveness  

Brochure: Export Competitiveness: Engine to Growth & Development 

Gordon Hanson, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center on Pacific Economies, University of California, San Diego

Will Milberg, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, New School for Social Research, New York 

January 28, 2010Integration of Developing Countires into Global Supply Chains Edgar Blanco, Director, CTL Emerging Markets Research Initiative, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

Ronald E. Berenbeim,Principal Researcher, Business Ethics,The Conference Board

Jose Guilherme Reis, PRMTR

September 24, 2009 Trade Quality in LAC William F. Maloney, Lead Economist, DECRG

Danieal Lederman, Senior Economist, DECRG

September 8, 2009

Duty and Tax Relief and Suspension Schemes for Improving Export Competitiveness 

Video Recording of the Event (Please note that due to the technical difficulties for the first 3 minutes of the recording the audio is not available)

Professor David Widdowson, CEO, Customs and Excise Studies Center, University of Canberra, Australia
April 28, 2009Upgrading Competitiveness in the Time of International Crisis

B-span Video Recording

Esko Aho, Exec VP of Corporate Relations and Responsibility of Nokia (Finland)

Jose Maria Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica and CEO of Concordia 21

Renato Baumann, Director, UN-ECLAC from Brazil

Ritva Reinikka, Sector Director for Social and Economic Development, Middle East and North Afria region, World Bank

March 19, 2009Industrial Clusters for Export Competitiveness: Tools and Current PracticesChristian Ketels, Faculty, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

Kevin Murphy, CEO, J.E. Austin Associates, Inc

June 25, 2008Is Free Trade Good for Developing Countries: Assessing Recent Critiques 

video recording of the lecture

Relevant material
Jagdish Bhagwati (2007). Do Not Cry for Free Trade, The Financial Times, October 10, 2007

Critiques of Free Trade Animation

Lecturer: Jagadish Bhagwati, Columbia University

Chair: Justin Lin, Chief Economist and SVP, DEC, The World Bank
May 8, 2008 Implementing Cluster Competitiveness Initiatives 

Kevin Murphy, President, J.E. Austin Associates Inc.
April 24, 2008Micro-Foundations of Competitiveness and Policy ImplicationsMichael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor
Harvard Business School

Relevant materials:
Global Competitiveness Report 2008, chapters 1 & 2
Columbia Case Study
Kenya Case Study
April 15, 2008Export Competitiveness: Growth Prerequisite or Dangerous Obsession?
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Yung Chul Park, Professor - Economics, Korea University, KOREA
Anne Krueger, Professor - International Economics, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Stan Sutula III, Chief Financial Officer, IBM Americas Group, USA

March 5, 2008Searching for Industrial Policies: Why and How?Charles F. Sabel, Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School

Paper:Reconfiguring Industrial Policy: A Framework with an Application to South Africa Hausmann, R.; Rodrik, D. and C. Sabel (2007).

February 14, 2008

FDI and Export Competitiveness: Good News, Bad News, Surprising News

Contrary to popular assumptions, flow of FDI to medium-skilled industrial sectors in developing countries -such as in electrical equipment, autos and auto parts, industrial machinery, chemicals - is more than ten times larger than flow to low-skill, labor-intensive operations, and is speeding up over time. How can developing countries use inward manufacturing FDI to generate productivity gains and promote higher skill-intensive activities? What are respective roles of trade policy, infrastructure, human resources and proactive measures? What can the recipient countries learn from experiences around the world in terms of negotiating with MNCs?

Theodore H. Moran
Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Business and Finance
Georgetown University

Paper: A Perspective from the MNE Declaration to the Present: Mistakes, Surprises, and Newly Important Policy Implications, Moran, T.H. (2007).

January 22, 2008

Competitiveness Through An Industry Lens

Can an industry lens add to the Bank's economic and sector work in developing countries? There is a growing evidence that industry-specific policy and enforcement issues are the main constraints to private investment and fair competition -- the two drivers of productivity and thus economic growth. This might add a valuable dimension to the work on incentive structure and setting of reform priorities.

Vincent Palmade, Lead Economist, FIAS
October 25, 2007Mainstreaming Competitiveness: How to Grow and Alleviate Poverty through Exports?

A renewed debate on 'picking winners.' There is an incremental need of developing a strategically-focused discriminatory approach for boosting export-led growth. Three key components of such a strategy might be: (i) access to markets; (ii) logistic costs including infrastructure and services; (iii) exportable offer that meets buyer expectations on quality, productivity, and innovation.
Jose Luis Guasch, Senior Adviser, Regulation and Competition, LAC
April 24, 2008PREM Week Learning Event: Tools for Assessing Trade Competitiveness

The purpose of this half-day course is to familiarize country economist with a set of tools that can be easily used to assess trade competitiveness. This course provides information on data and tools about the three pillars of trade and competitiveness:

Introduction and Overview

(Jean-Pierre Chauffour, Economic Adviser, PRMTR)

First pillar: The Incentive Regime

(Paul Brenton, Sr. Economist, PRMTR)

Second pillar: Backbone Services - Efficiency & Cost

(Gianni Zanini, Lead Economist, WBI)

Third pillar: Overcoming Govt and Market Failures

(Mallika Shakya, Economist, PRMTR)

March 15, 2007Export Growth and Diversification Workshop

International Trade Department, The World Bank
Is 'discovery' of products the principal impediments to diversifying exports? Beyond the incentive regimes, what types of pro-active policies can be adopted to promote diversification? Eighteen papers presented on key issues related to export growth and diversification.

The main website on International Trade offers a series of workshops, training and other learning events periodically on trade policy, trade-related services and costs, logistics and supply chain, data and tools, etc.

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