The Practice of Industrial Policy: Lessons for Africa

Authors' workshop

Authors' workshop: The Practice of Industrial Policy: Lessons for Africa

UNU-WIDER hosted an authors’ workshop for a forthcoming book on industrial policy lessons for Africa based on Asian experiences on 9-10 March 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. The book is part of a joint KOICA and UNU-WIDER project ‘The Practice of Industrial Policy: Lessons for Africa’ .

During the workshop project researchers presented and discussed their individual work. Authors presented their draft chapters which were discussed by pre-assigned discussants, followed by general debate before a series of conclusions were drawn up for each chapter. Based on the discussions and feedback the work is developed further in order to compile a book manuscript.

The forthcoming book is part of Jobs, Poverty and Structural Change in Africa project that broadens our understanding of the structural transformation challenge in Africa and provide practical guidance for policy makers. The experiences of East Asian countries discussed the book offer valuable insights for African leaders and governments in making concerted efforts to formulate and implement effective industrial policy for dynamic structural transformation and inclusive growth.


Monday 9 March 2015

9:00-9:15 Welcome and introduction
John Page, Brookings Institution, and Finn Tarp, UNU-WIDER
9:15-10:00 Co-ordination through an Asian lens
Khuong Minh Vu, National University of Singapore
10:15-11:00 State-Business Relations as Drivers of Economic Performance
Alberto Lemma, Overseas Development Institute
11:15-12:00 State Capability and Prospects for Close Coordination: Considerations for Industrial Policy in Africa
Rachel Gisselquist, UNU-WIDER
13:00-13:45 A Natural Experiment of Industrial Policy: Floriculture and the Metal and Engineering Industries in Ethiopia
Mulu Gebreeyesus, Ethiopian Development Research Institute
13:45-14:30 Policy Co-ordination and Growth Traps in a Middle-income Country Setting: The Case of South Africa
Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town, and Alan Hirsch, University of Cape Town
14:45-15:30 Special Economic Zones in Africa: Political Economy Challenges and Solutions
Thomas Farole, The World Bank, and Lotta Moberg, George Mason University
15:30-16:15 Ghana’s Experiments with Business- Government Coordination
Nkechi Owoo, University of Ghana
16:15-17:00 Industrial Policy in Practice – Africa’s Presidential Investors Advisory Councils
John Page 

Tuesday 10 March 2015

09:00-09:45 Korea’s Evolving Business-Government Relationship
Eun Mee Kim, Ewha Womans University
09:45-10:30 The Industrial Policy Experience of the Electronics Industry in Malaysia
Rajah Rasiah, University of Malaya
10:45-11:30 Case Studies of Decentralized Co-ordination in China
Hinh Dinh, John Hopkins University
11:30-12:15 The Political Economy of Industrial Development in Vietnam: Impact of State-business Relationship on Industrial Performance, 1986-2012
Tu-Anh Vu-Thanh, Princeton University