COVID-19 is a seminal moment for the manufacturing sector. As governments and business scramble to understand the short-term impacts of the crisis, we need to look beyond the fog of uncertainty towards possible long-term changes to the industry. UNIDO’s webinar series, in cooperation with the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, gathers leading thinkers and experts on the topic of industrialization to address the unprecedented challenges ahead of us, and share their knowledge and insights on the future of industrialization.
There is emerging debate that the current crisis is expected to merely accelerate our transition towards new models of production characterized by a progressive decoupling of global value chains and revival of automated domestic manufacturing. Adoption of digital production technologies is quickly becoming the source of future competitive advantage but may not necessarily be considered a panacea for developing countries’ industrialization efforts. The seminar and the discussion aim to find out how the ongoing pandemic will shape the future of global production networks in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.
Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Ph.D., Deputy to the Director General, UNIDO
Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ph.D., President, Kiel Institute for World Economy
Prof. Beata Javorcik, Ph.D., Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Prof. Dr. Svenja Falk, Managing Director, Accenture
Prof. Izumi Ohno, Director, JICA Research Institute
Dr. Ha-Joon Chang, Director, Centre of Development Studies (CDS), University of Cambridge