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Revival of industrial policy – prospects for establishing a global industrial policy forum for multilateral policy learning and knowledge sharing

  • General Information
  • Background
  • Key objectives
  • When: 2 December 2021 at 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. (CET)

    Where: The event will be hosted on Zoom and will be accessible to all interested participants via a dedicated link. Participants registered for the Conference will receive a direct link. Those not registered to the General Conference who wish to participate in this event are requested to click here.

    Target participants: 

    The side-event aims to bring together participants that represent different facets of the industrial policy process. To this end, the panel will consist of representatives from government, academia and private sector.

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  • Industrial policy plays a key role in achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development. While we witness the resurgence of industrial policy, the levels of knowledge and capacities required for its successful formulation and implementation in the 21st century have significantly risen. There is an urgent need for the creation of a global industrial policy (IP) forum to facilitate multilateral industrial policy dialogue and knowledge sharing to foster industrial development and achieve SDGs in the world characterized by megatrends such as the impact of the pandemic, greening of industry, restructuring of global production, and digitalization. The side event should provide UNIDO with initial feedback on the idea to establish an IP forum and help the Secretariat to chart the course on how to translate the idea to practice. 

  • The main objective of the event is to have an initial discussion and consultation on the establishment of a global industrial policy forum to meet the increasing demand for the effective use of industrial policies to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

    Considering the importance of industrial policies as the driver of economic transformation and need to build capacities for better policy formulation processes, instruments and assessments, and furthermore in view of UNIDO’s mandate and role in the UN system, it is an opportune moment for UNIDO to create a common platform to share experiences and to promote multilateral policy learning among Member States.

    The event will be the first occasion to discuss the contour of such a platform and the ways to facilitate policy dialogue and learning by establishing an annual industrial policy forum.

Confirmed speakers

  • Panellists
  • Moderator
  • Izumi Ohno specializes in international development policy, Japanese development cooperation, industrial development cooperation, business and development. Since 2002, she has been Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). During Oct. 2018-Sept. 2020, she was Director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JIC... Read More

    ENGELS Rainer

    Head of the Sectoral Program Sustainable Economic Development
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

    Rainer Engels is working for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as head of the Sectoral Program Sustainable Economic Development. He has 18 years of experience within GIZ, the German implementing agency for international cooperation of the German government, and before that about 8 years in civil society at Germanwatch e. V. a... Read More

    Bibi Fatwma Abdool Raman Ahmed is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives (Industrial Development Division). She has years of experience in the Public Sector. She holds a Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Human Resource Management from the University of Mauritius. Abdool... Read More

  • Named “Startup-Grande-Dame” by the media, Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, angel investor and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people, especially women, and creating a better future through entrepreneurship, startups, and purpose-driven communities. Selma is an inspirat... Read More

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