New Growth Strategies: Delivering on their Promise?".  The event, successor to our last year's event titled: "Making Growth Happen. Implementing Policies for Competitive Industries," took place on October 14-15, 2014 at World Bank Group’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.  The keynote this year was delivered by Dani Rodrik

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  Didier Herbert, European Commission      |       Professor Dani Rodrik     |       Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School     |       Arvind Subramanian, Center for Global Development     |       Arun Maira, India Backbone Implementation Network     |       Andreu Mas-Collel, Catalonia Government, Spain


Bertrand Badre, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, The World Bank Group

Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Dani Rodrik, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Ted Chu, IFC Chief Economist, The World Bank Group

In the past ten years, especially since the global crisis, a range of new strategies for growth have been pursued by many countries, with “new industrial policy” prominent among them. Last year’s event furthered a global exchange of knowledge and solutions regarding such strategies, encapsulating the latest theory and highlighting practical barriers to their delivery.

This year’s conference discussed the impact on the ground of these strategies, and drew a tighter focus on the transition from theory to practical implementation.  It gathered cabinet ministers, senior officials, eminent academics and private sector leaders, including:

Andreu Mas-Collel, Minister for Economy and Knowledge, Catalonia Government, Spain

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and CEO of Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), Malaysia

Didier Herbert, Director, DG Enterprise Directorate A – Enterprise Competitiveness, Industry and Growth Policies, European Commission

Matthew Gilbert, Team Leader, Economic Performance and Strategy Department, The Treasury, New Zealand

Ravi Naidoo, Executive Director for Economic Development, City of Johannesburg, South Africa

Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School

Christian Ketels, Harvard University

Danny Leipziger, Managing Director, The Growth Dialogue, George Washington University

Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Pierre Jacquet, President, Global Development Network

Richard Newfarmer, Country Director: Rwanda-Uganda-South Sudan, International Growth Center

Arun Maira, former Member for Industry, Planning Commission, Government of India, and founder & chairman, India Backbone Implementation Network

David D. Nelson, Senior Manager, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric Company

Mohsin Khalil, Executive Director, Ittehad Steel Group

Jon Hixson, Head, North American Government Relations, Global Issues Management, Cargill, Inc. 

Day 2 allowed for deep-dives on work in progress related to the themes discussed on the first day.