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By the IMD World Competitiveness Center

30 YEARS OF

COMPETITIVENESS

The challenges ahead

3rd – 4th October
IMD  – Lausanne

About the

Conference

We are very excited to welcome you to the 30th-anniversary celebration of the IMD World Competitiveness Center!

We are the world pioneer in understanding and assessing the competitiveness of nations.

For the past 30 years, we have spearheaded research on how nations and enterprises compete to lay the foundations for future prosperity.

So, what has 30 years of studying competitiveness taught us?

Best Topics

Building National Consensus

The success or failure of political reforms depends on the ability of leaders to build the appropriate consensus in society. In that way, measures that are in principle painful are accepted and implemented. What is the experience of Lithuania, Argentina, and Malaysia on this front?

Education and Talent

The long-term prosperity of a country depends to a great extent on its education system and the ability to provide citizens with the talent required to perform in the job market. We will have a great opportunity to learn from three success stories in the last decades: Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Finland.

Technology and Governments

Competitiveness in the 21st century cannot be achieved without bringing technology to people. E-governments, artificial intelligence, smart cities, digital technologies are just some of the aspects where public policy makes an important contribution to society.

Building Public-Private Partnerships

In light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it will be imperative for societies to build partnerships between the public sector and the corporate sector to achieve social goals. These goals include gender equality, water supply, no poverty. How are governments building those partnerships?

Beyond GDP as Objective of Public Policy

We will close our conference looking beyond the SDGs and focusing on the future objective of the world economic agenda—achieving happiness, inclusive prosperity, human development. How can countries measure, and what is more important, manage these objectives?

Where

IMD Business School
Lausanne / Switzerland

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When

Thursday,
October 3
Friday,
October 4, 2019

Questions & Registration

Contact us by phone:
+41 21 618 06 69 or email

Enjoy These Talks …

Two days of thought-provoking conference

What has 30 years of studying competitiveness taught us?

October 3

Building National Consensus

14:30 | Roundtable #1

Moderator: Professor Arturo Bris, IMD
Dainius Kreivys, former Minister of Economy of Lithuania
H.E Abdulla Lootah, Director General, Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE
Diego Molano, Former Minister of Technology, Colombia

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The success or failure of political reforms depends on the ability of leaders to build the appropriate consensus in society. In that way, measures that are in principle painful are accepted and implemented. What is the experience of Lithuania, Argentina, and Malaysia on this front?

Education and Talent

16:00 | Roundtable #2

Moderator: Professor Tawfik Jelassi, IMD
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Former State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland
Simon Peh, Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong SAR
Alexander Stubb, Vice President, European Investment Bank, and former Prime Minister of Finland

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The long-term prosperity of a country depends to a great extent on its education system and the ability to provide citizens with the talent required to perform in the job market. We will have a great opportunity to learn from three success stories in the last decades: Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Finland.

Smart City Index

17:15 | Smart City Index

Moderator: Professor Arturo Bris, IMD
Bruno Lanvin, President of the IMD Smart City Observatory
Prof. Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at SUTD, Singapore
Ng Chee Khern, Chairman of Govtech, Singapore
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In 2017, our two institutions, IMD and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), decided to join forces to produce a smart city index offering a balanced focus on economic and technological aspects of smart cities on the one hand, and “humane dimensions” of smart cities (quality of life, environment, inclusiveness) on the other.

October 4

Technology and Governments

10:45 | Roundtable #3

Moderator: Professor Michael Wade, IMD
Marten Kaevats , National digital advisor The Government Office of Estonia
Ng Kee Chern, Permanent Secretary under Prime Minister’s Office, Chairman of GovTech, Singapore
Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Former Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Kingdom of Thailand
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Competitiveness in the 21st century cannot be achieved without bringing technology to people. E-governments, artificial intelligence, smart cities, digital technologies are just some of the aspects where public policy makes an important contribution to society.

Building Public-Private Partnerships

13:00 | Roundtable #4

Moderator: Professor Didier Cossin, IMD
H.E. Dr. Eiman AlMutairi, Asst. Minister for HE Minister of Commerce and Investment, Saudi Arabia
Yannis Stournaras, Governor of the Bank of Greece, former Minister of Finance
Jason Hsu, member of the Parliament, Taiwan

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In light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it will be imperative for societies to build partnerships between the public sector and the corporate sector to achieve social goals. These goals include gender equality, water supply, no poverty. How are governments building those partnerships?

Beyond GDP as Objective of Public Policy

14:30 | Roundtable #5

Moderator: Professor Vanina Farber, IMD

Lyonpo Loknath Sharma, Minister of Economic Affairs of Bhutan
Nabil Fahmy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
Geng Wenbing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic Of China in Switzerland

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We will close our conference looking beyond the SDGs and focusing on the future objective of the world economic agenda—achieving happiness, inclusive prosperity, human development. How can countries measure, and what is more important, manage these objectives?

Explore five key topics of today and tomorrow

  • Building National Consensus
  • Education and Talent
  • Technology and Governments
  • Building Public-Private Partnerships
  • Happiness and Competitiveness as Objectives of Public Policy

And More…

Guest speakers

Speakers from governments all over the world will describe their experience improving the competitiveness of the country

The high-level conference on competitiveness to marks the 30th anniversary of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, the world pioneer's research center in understanding and assessing the competitiveness of nations.

Contact Us

+41 21 618 02 51

Chemin de Bellerive 23, CH-1001 Lausanne - Switzerland