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Conference Schedule

DAY 1

October 3  / Thursday

14:00 – 14:30

Jean-François Manzoni

Jean-François Manzoni

President of IMD

» Biography

Opening remarks: Jean-François Manzoni, President of IMD

14:30 – 15:30

MODERATOR

Arturo Bris

Arturo Bris

Professor of Finance, IMD Business School | Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center

» Biography

Roundtable #1 | ”Building National Consensus”

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

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, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia on this front?

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

MODERATOR

Tawfik Jelassi

Tawfik Jelassi

Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD

» Biography

Roundtable #2 | “Education and Talent”

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

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.

17:00 – 17:15

Sip & Stretch

17:15 – 18:15

MODERATOR

Arturo Bris

Arturo Bris

Professor of Finance, IMD Business School | Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center

» Biography

IMD New Ranking | ”Smart City Index”

 

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, Permanent Secretary under Prime Minister’s Office, Chairman of GovTech, Singapore

The approach developed by the IMD Smart City Observatory and IMD World Competitiveness Center on the onehand and SUTD’s Lee Kuan Yew Center for Innovative Cities on the other was characterized by two objectives, and one methodological imperative.

Objective number 1 was to develop an index that should be a tool for action usable by all cities, at all levels of development, in all parts of the world.

Objective number 2 was to offer a holistic index that would not only assess how technologies were being harnessed to make cities more efficient and better managed, but also how ‘smartness’ was contributing to offer better lives and opportunities to urban dwellers.

18:15

Dinner at IMD Restaurant

DAY 2

October 4 / Friday

09:30 – 10:30

Stephane Garelli

Stephane Garelli

Founder of the IMD World Competitiveness Center

World Competitiveness: How to turn a good idea into a success?

10:30 – 10:45

Sip & Stretch

10:45 – 11:45

MODERATOR

Michael Wade

Michael Wade

Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD

» Biography

Roundtable #3 | “Technology and Governments”

Marten Kaevats , National digital advisor The Government Office of Estonia
Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary under Prime Minister’s Office, Chairman of GovTech, Singapore
Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Former Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Kingdom of Thailand

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.

11:45 – 13:00

Lunch in the Maerks lobby

13:00 – 14:00

MODERATOR

Didier Cossin

Didier Cossin

Professor of Finance and Governance at IMD

» Biography

Roundtable #4 | “Building Public-Private Partnerships”

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

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?

14:00  – 14:30

Coffee Break

14:30 – 15:30

MODERATOR

Vanina Farber

Vanina Farber

Professor of Innovation at IMD

» Biography

Roundtable #5 | “Beyond GDP as Objective of Public Policy”

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

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?

15:30

Closing Ceremony & farewell aperitive

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.

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