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【Register Now】Agenda for 2022 Annual Conference of the GReCEST


2022 Annual Conference of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation (GReCEST)

November 14-16, 2022


DAY 1: November 14


Opening Remarks

8:00pm–8:30pm: Opening Remarks (6 minutes each)  

  • Justin Yifu LIN, Dean, Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University, and Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee

  • Johan SWINNEN, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Vice-Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee

  • K.Y. AMOAKO, President of African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and Vice-Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee (tbc)

  • Jun FANG, Deputy Director of Ministry of Education's Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges

  • Grace WANG, Deputy Director for Programme and Operations at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)


8:30pm–8:35pm: Group Photo


Section 1: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization (8:40pm-10:40pm)

——Chair: INSE (Professor Yong WANG)

The manufacturing sector has always been a key driver of economic growth for developing countries. Yet, sector-specific and stage-specific binding constraints stall structural change. This subtheme explores how industrial development can be harnessed for faster growth, greater inclusiveness and sustainability.

Key questions include:

  • Whether and why have African countries suffered from the premature de-industrialization?

  • What is the role of industrial parks in the early stage of industrialization?

  • Does the role of agriculture and manufacturing differ over time for processes of structural change?

  • How can industrial policy promote structural transformation and accelerate economic growth in underdeveloped economies?

  • What is the strategic potential of triangular cooperation for sustainable industrialization?


Paper presentations by professors and academic advisory council members (60 minutes)

-Paper 1: Rethinking development: the role of infrastructure and facilitating state in the path to structural transformation

Presenter: Valeria Lauria (INSE) (15 minutes)

Discussant: tbc (5 minutes)

Q&A (10 minutes)

-Paper2: The Impact of the New Structural Economics Framework on Economic Growth: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan African Economies

Presenter: Imran Ur Rahman (Leshan Normal University) (15 minutes)

Discussant: Jakub Rybacki (Polish Economic Institute) (5 minutes)

Q&A (10 minutes)


Panel discussion (60 minutes)


1. Jia YU (Institute of New Structural Economics

2. Jing Gu (Institute of Development Studies)  

3. Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid (Shabab Murshid Development Foundation)

4. Eneyew Gebremenfas (United Nations Industrial Development Organization


DAY 2: November 15


Section 2: Innovation and Transformative Change (8:00pm-10:00pm)

——Chair: IFPRI

In the wake of new technological advancement, it is increasingly questioned whether the digital transformation and other new technologies can facilitate the structural transformation and upgrading opportunities in global value chains for developing countries. This subtheme examines how new technologies may help to foster transformative change.

Key questions include:

  • What are potential linkages between structural change and digitalization? 

  • To what extent does the digital divide face by low- and middle-income countries impact on process of structural transformation?

  • How can new technologies help to achieve economic transformation while combating climate change and preserving biodiversity?


Paper presentations by professors and academic advisory council members (60 minutes)

-Paper 1: Varieties of Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) around the world and Catch-up by Latecomers

Presenter: Keun Lee (15 minutes)

Discussant: Linda Calabrese (Overseas Development Institute(5 minutes)

Q&A (10 minutes)

-Paper2: China's Way towards Decarbonization: Unrealistic Promise or a Credible Commitment?

Presenter: Francesco Macheda (15 minutes)

Discussant: Tilman Altenburg (German Institute of Development and Sustainability) (5 minutes)

Q&A (10 minutes)


Panel discussion (60 minutes)


1. Freda Yawson (African Center for Economic Transformation)

2. Martin Andersson and Tobias Axelsson (Lund University)

3. Zaw Oo (Center for Economic and Social Development)

4. John Ulimwengu (International Food Policy Research Institute)

5. Yongping Zhai (Tencent)


DAY 3: November 16


Section 3: Development Financing (7:30pm-9:30pm)

——Chair: ACET

This subtheme investigates how development financing can foster structural transformation.

Key questions include:

  • How can development financing institutions help to catalyse private capital to finance structural transformation?

  • How to incubate green bond markets?

  • How to scale up climate-resilient infrastructure financing?

  • How can the global financial architecture evolve to better serve developing countries?


Paper presentations by professors and academic advisory council members (60 minutes)

-Paper 1: Examining the Determinants of Infrastructure Financing Structure: Evidence from China’s Overseas Investments of Power Projects

Presenter: Jiajun Xu (INSE) (15 minutes)

Discussant: Patrick Plane (Foundation for studies and Research on International Development) (5 minutes)

Q&A  (10 minutes)

-Paper2: The Role of National Development Banks in Structural Transformation of Globalization area: A Country Comparison Based on BRICS Countries

Presenter: Xiaochen Hou (15 minutes)

Discussant: Jiajun Xu (INSE) (5 minutes)

Q&A (10 minutes)


Panel discussions (60 minutes)

Proposed Panelists:

1. Ibrahim Elbadawi (Economic Research Forum

2. Roberto J. Tibana (African Centre for Economic Transformation) (tbc)

3. Johan Swinnen (International Food Policy Research Institute) (tbc)

4. Regis Marodon (French Development Agency, co-coordinator of International Research Initiative of DFIs) (tbc)


Internal meeting among GReCEST members (9:40pm-10:30pm)


Agenda will be updated in due course.

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