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[Forum] High Level Knowledge Forum: Expanding the Frontiers in Development Policy under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP)

Type Forum
Venue Grand InterContinental Hotel Seoul Parnas, Seoul, Korea Date 2012-10-15 ~ 2012-10-16
Host KDI School; Ministry of Strategy and Finance; The World Bank Organizer

Background:

  The recent, and ongoing, turmoil in the global economy has prompted many policymakers to revisit the efficiency of their economic development strategies in spurring economic growth, in improving resilience to shocks, and in ensuring the well-being of their citizens.  While there are clearly no “one-size-fits-all” development models, policymakers continue seeking insights and inspiration from models with a demonstrated track record of success.  In a post-crisis global economic environment (and even before the crisis), a number of important questions have attracted the attention of policy analysts.  Are there new emerging issues that should get the attention of developing countries policymakers? How has the evolving nature of the economic linkages, or the prevailing economic realities, changed the existing conventional wisdoms and the standard policy prescriptions? Are we converging towards a Post-Crisis “Development Consensus”?  Finally, what can be learned, and what lessons can be drawn, from the development experiences of various countries?

 

Objectives:

  This High Level Knowledge Forum hopes to address the some of these questions. The main objective is to inform policymakers of the latest thinking in terms of development policy, and to equip them with insights for assessing their own development strategies.  To that end, the forum brings together world class experts and high-level senior policymakers to discuss the evolving nature of development policy issues and to compare the key features of various development policy models and their aspects.  It highlights the relative merits of diverse policy approaches and showcases successful development experiences from various areas.
  The forum will also present several case studies on Korea’s own development experience as a way to share knowledge, in hopes of offering useful insights and of drawing general policy lessons.  Despite the context specific nature of development, certain commonalities shared by the development experiences of Korea and other countries, and their subsequent policy implications, can shed much light, especially considering the interconnected and multi-faceted nature of development issues.
  This Forum, a component of the World Bank’s Frontiers in Development Policy series, is co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) and the KDI (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), as part of the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).



Program Schedule :
 

Day 1: Monday, October 15

8:30-9:00  Registration
9:00-9:15  Opening & Welcoming Remarks
Opening Remark: Oh-Seok Hyun, President of KDI
Welcoming Remark: Jaewan Bahk, Minister of MOSF
9:15-9:45  Keynote Speech – "Solidarity and the Imperative of Development"
: Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
9:45-9:50  KSP Logo Launching: Taeyong Yoon, Director General of MOSF
 <Module 1> Development in a Post-Crisis World
10:00-10:50
(Session 1)
 Development Consensus and New Challenges
▪ Moderator: Il Sakong (Chairman & CEO, Institute for Global Economics)
▪ Speaker:  John Williamson
                    (Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics)
▪ Discussants: Sanjay Pradhan (Vice President, World Bank Institute),
                           Sang-Woo Nam (Dean, KDI School)
10:50-12:20
(Session 2)
 Key Development Policy Issues in a Post-Crisis World
▪ Moderator: Pamela Cox (Vice President, World Bank EAP Region)
▪ Speakers:
1) Government’s Role in Health: Lessons from Two Decades of
     Randomized Trials
: Michael Kremer (Professor, Harvard Univ.)
2) Financial Crisis, Macroeconomics and Development
    : Nobuhiro Kiyotaki (Professor, Princeton Univ.)
▪ Discussants: Hyeok Jeong (Professor, KDI School),
                           Cyril Muller (Vice President, World Bank External Affairs),
                           Yoon Je Cho (Professor, Sogang University)
12:20-13:40  Forum Luncheon hosted by the MOSF
 <Module 2> Development and the State
13:40-15:10
(Session 3)
 Institutional Development and Public Sector Performance 
▪ Moderator: Oh-Seok Hyun, President of KDI
▪ Speakers
 1) Reform  Leader Insights About the Process of Institutional Change and  
    Capacity Development : Jennifer Widner (Professor, Princeton University)
 2) The World Bank and Governance: An Evolving Agenda
    : Robert Beschel (Lead Public Sector Specialist, WB PREM)
 3) From Aid Dependence To Sustainable Development
    : Why Korea Succeeded
: Joon-Kyung Kim (Professor, KDI School)
▪ Discussants: Meredith Jung-En Woo (Dean, Univ. of Virginia)
                           Sung-hee Jwa (Adjunct Professor, Seoul National University)
 <Module 3>  New Frontiers in Development
15:20-16:50
(Session 4)
 Global Development Debate: “Is there a new consensus on development policy?”
▪ Moderator: Kevin Lu (MIGA Director for Asia, World Bank)
▪ Discussants: John Williamson, Michael Kremer, Nobu Kiyotaki,
                            Jennifer Widner, Oh-Seok Hyun

Day 2: Tuesday, October 16

 <Module 4> Lessons in Development from Sectoral Experiences
09:00-10:00
(Session 5)
 Creating an Innovative Eco-system
▪ Moderator: Chin Keun Park (Chairperson/CEO, The National Research Council for Economics,  Humanities and Social Sciences (NRCS))
▪ Speakers:                
 1) A Latecomer Model of Technological Development: Conceptualizing the
     Korean Experience
 : Keun Lee (Professor, Seoul National Univ.)          
  2) Governmental Policies and the CoPS (Complex Product Systems) 
     Development: The Case of Gas Turbine Industry in Iran 

     : Mehdi Majidpour (Professor, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran)
▪ Discussant: Sanghoon Ahn
                         (Director, Department of Industry and Competition Policy, KDI)
10:10-11:10
(Session 6)
 Sustainable Development:  Regional Development/Green Growth
▪ Moderator: Soo-Gil Young, 
                      (Chairman, Presidential Committee on Green Growth)
▪ Speakers:
 1) Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement) and Its Best Practice Cases
     : Do Hyun Han (Professor, The Academy of Korean Studies)
 2) Economic Growth and its Urban Greening
     : Shahid Yusuf 
       (Chief Economist, Growth Dialogue, George Washington Univ.)
▪ Discussants: Edward Reed  (Professor, Kyung Hee University,  Former Country Representative in Korea, Asia Foundation), 
                             Dong-Young Kim (Professor, KDI School)
11:20- 12:20
(Session 7)
 Building a Competitive Workforce
▪ Moderator: Soamiely Andriamananjara
                      (Senior Economist, World Bank Institute)
▪ Speakers:
 1) Higher Education’s Contribution to Growth and Competitiveness
     : European Evidence : Jo Ritzen (Professor, Maastricht University)
 2) Leveraging Economic Growth with TVET (Technical and Vocational
      Education and Training) : How Korea did it.
 
     : Sung-Joon Paik (Professor, KDI School)
▪ Discussants: Taejong Kim (Professor, KDI School), 
                           Shahid Yusuf (Chief Economist,
                           Growth Dialogue, George Washington Univ.)
12:20-14:00  Closing Remarks & Luncheon
▪ Sang-Woo Nam (Dean, KDI School)
▪ Raj Nallari (Manager, Growth and Competitiveness Practice, WBI)\


 

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