October 3 / Thursday
14:00 – 14:30
Opening remarks: Jean-François Manzoni, President of IMD
14:30 – 15:30
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
16:00 – 17:00
Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD
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
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.