Interested participants can now register for the 2019 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization to be held on 19 November 2019 at the UNIDO HQ in Vienna, Austria. The theme of the Forum is focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implications for global value chains (GVCs) as driver of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
For several years, GVCs provided participating countries with a perspective for economic growth and job creation. This potential is increasingly put into question by technological advancements at the frontier. The automation of increasingly complex tasks in smart factories may have adverse effects on some of the countries that benefited from the outsourcing of labour-intensive activities by multinational companies. However, new technologies can also present developing countries with opportunities for learning and leapfrogging.
The 2019 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization is organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG) at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel).
In four panel sessions, the event will bring together world-renowned policy experts, academics, as well as high-level practitioners and business representatives to assess the effects of new technologies on the geography of international production. Panellists will also discuss the potential of established and new innovative industrial policies to support countries in reaping the benefits of GVCs in a time of rapid technological progress. In a special session, the role of infrastructure for GVC integration will be explored in greater detail, building on findings from a recent report published by the National Development and Reform Commission of China in cooperation with UNIDO.
The Forum is the fourth edition in a series of annual conferences held since 2016. Among the previous topics discussed were trends and perspectives related to international investment flows and the role of GVCs as drivers of growth and structural change.
For more information, please contact:
Research and Industrial Development Officer
UNIDO Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division
Highlights of 2018 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization