Pathways to industrialization in the 21st century: New challenges and emerging paradigms

Two day international workshop organised in collaboration with UNU-WIDER and UNIDO, Maastricht 22-23 October 2009.

Has the path to development through industrialization as we know it been exhausted? Or is the world at the dawn of a new era in industrialization and development? With the world in financial and economic crisis and manufacturing collapsing in many countries it is clearly urgent to brainstorm about the challenges facing developing countries. Some countries, like China, have achieved marked success in industrialization but now face new challenges such as technological upgrading and innovation, environmental sustainability and dealing with climate change. Latecomers to industrialization may find that copying past industrialization strategies is no longer feasible. It may bring more risk, may not have the desired impact on poverty and may exacerbate inequality. Ushering in a new era in industrialization requires radically new approaches: from governments, entrepreneurs and international development organizations. This workshop will explore new approaches and lessons from past experiences. The workshop will consist of presentations by invited keynote speakers, as well as contributed papers. Keynote speakers include Mike Hobday, Morris Teubal, John Page, John Weiss and Zoltan Acs.

Venue: UNU-MERIT, Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Date: 22-23 October 2009

Time: 09:00 - 18:30  CET