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Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Venue: Plenary Hall (M-building, first floor)


Present and discuss the main findings of the Industrial Development Report 2018 “Demand for Manufacturing: Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development”.


Industrial development has typically been studied from a supply-side perspective, relegating the importance of demand. The initiation of industrial development, however, requires a critical mass of demand for manufactures. With the right set of conditions, the consumption of manufactures can set in motion a virtuous circle of industrial development comprising income creation, demand diversification and massification of consumption. This circle, however, requires specific policy measures to attain socially inclusive or environmentally sustainable industrialization.

During the event the main findings of the report will be presented and then discussed with a panel of leading experts in the field of industrial development. The main questions asked during the event will be:

1. Why demand is an important driver of industrial development?

2. How does industrial development improve our daily lives as consumers?

3. What policies can be implemented to steer demand towards the achievement of inclusive and sustainable industrial development?


Machiko Nissanke
Emeritus Professor
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom
Nissanke's research spans wide ranging topics, including finance and development, international economics, globalization and its impacts on inequality and poverty, debt dynamics and macroeconomic management, institutional economics, comparative economic developments in Asia and Africa, and North-South and South-South economic relations.
Fiona Tregenna
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Tregenna's primary research interests relate to structural change, de-industrialization and industrial development. She has been involved in economics research and policy for over twenty years – in academia, the trade union movement, research institutes, and as a consultant in South Africa and internationally.
Cecilia Ugaz Estrada
Department of Policy Research and Statistics, UNIDO
Prior to joining UNIDO, Cecilia Ugaz Estrada served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Paraguay. She also served as the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Argentina and as Deputy Director for the Human Development Report Office in UNDP headquarters in New York.
Shyam Upadhyaya
Chief Statistician
Department of Policy Research and Statistics, UNIDO
Before joining UNIDO in 2005, Shyam Upadhyaya worked in many developing countries as an international expert on statistics for the UN, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and other international agencies. He has been involved in preparation of several UN recommendations on sampling design, industrial statistics and short-term economic indicators. In recent years he contributed to development of global indicator framework for SDG.
John Weiss
Emeritus Professor
University of Bradford, United Kingdom
John Weiss has written extensively on issues of industrialization and industrial policy including in World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies and the World Economy. He has published several textbooks, including most recently the Economics of Industrial Development, Routledge 2011. Weiss has worked on industrial policy in, amongst others, Mozambique and Ethiopia (for the World Bank), in Mexico (for the Government) and in Mongolia (for UNIDO).

For more information, please contact:

Alejandro Lavopa

Industrial Development Analyst

UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development

Telephone: +43 1 26026-3277

For questions related to the Report, please contact: