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Seminar “The Innovation Paradox: Developing-Country Capabilities and the Unrealized Promise of Technological Catch-Up”

Past events

Day

March 26, 2018, 16:00 - 17:30

Place

International Conference Hall, 2nd floor, JICA Ichigaya Building
10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo[Map Link]

Contents

There is vast potential for spurring economic growth by promoting innovation, yet developing countries do surprisingly little when it comes to adopting advanced-country techniques to upgrade their products, technologies, and business processes. Unless private-sector firms and public-sector policymakers in developing economies prioritize the more agile adoption of new technologies and techniques, they will find it difficult to overcome their enduring economic constraints – slow progress in building physical and human capital, under-developed managerial capabilities, and weak government capacity.

World Bank Group’s report, “The Innovation Paradox: Developing-Country Capabilities and the Unrealized Promise of Technological Catch-Up”, underscores the challenges that policymakers and entrepreneurs face in capturing the potential gains of innovation. William F. Maloney, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Group, Word Bank Group, will present the key points of this report.

Contents

[Opening Remarks]
Naohiro Kitano
Director, JICA Research Institute

Akihiko Nishio
Director for Strategy and Operations, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Group (EFI), World Bank Group

[Keynote Speech]
William E. Maloney
Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Group (EFI), World Bank Group

[Comments]
Tetsushi Sonobe
Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Go Shimada
Associate Professor, Shizuoka Prefectural University and Visiting Scholar, JICA Research Institute

Speaker

William E. Maloney
Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Group (EFI), World Bank Group

William F. Maloney is Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions in the World Bank Group. Previously he was Chief Economist for Trade and Competitiveness and Global Lead on Innovation and Productivity. Prior to the Bank, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1990-1997) and then joined, working as Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America until 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he was Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group. From 2011 to 2014 he was Visiting Professor at the University of the Andes and worked closely with the Colombian government on innovation and firm upgrading issues.

Organizer

World Bank Group and JICA Research Institute

Language

English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

Fee

Free

Attention

This seminar will be recorded and may be broadcasted on JICA-RI’s website. If you choose to participate in a discussion, you are presumed to consent to the use of your comments in these recordings.

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Inquiry

Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office

TEL:03-3597-6650 

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