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Making Growth Happen: Implementing Policies for Competitive Industries

The World Bank Conference "Making Growth Happen: Implementing Policies for Competitive Industries" will be held in Washington, DC, USA, on October 16-17, 2013 at the Preston Auditorium of the World Bank.

All failed industrial policies are said to be alike; all successful ones are successful in their own way. With job creation at center stage of global debates and new approaches to increase productivity and create jobs needed now, this Conference, organized by the Competitive Industries Global Practice at the World Bank, will consolidate 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 will attend the Conference sharing their experiences and views.

Among senior officials, will be 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 will share their latest thinking.

Also sharing their perspectives will be 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 will be keynoted by:
Joseph Stiglitz
University Professor, Columbia University
Don Graves
Executive Director of the White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Subsequent plenary sessions will focus on the risks and rewards of industrial policies, experimental policy reform, public initiatives to spur private innovation, and regional approaches to execution, with a focus on Africa. The second day will hold seminars on topics ranging from the Bank's forthcoming flagship study on South Asia, the knowledge economy, provincial competition, and more.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Contact: [email protected]


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