Global Executive Programme 2016: The Future of Manufacturing – Trends and Policy Options

17 – 21 October 2016 | Chlewiska, Poland

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The fourth UNIDO Institute Global Executive Programme took place in Chlewiska, near Warsaw, Poland. It gathered over twenty high-level policymakers from middle income countries for a week-long course on the future of manufacturing. It was generously supported by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

The programme was opened by Renata Szczęch, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Speaking to participants, she highlighted the longstanding cooperation between Poland and UNIDO and reiterated her country’s successful experience in economic transformation.

The programme looked at future technological trends in manufacturing and their impacts on developing countries. Sessions covered topics ranging from global patterns of industrial structural change and investment and trade to technological enablers of future manufacturing competitiveness to industrial policy choices in response to these developments and case studies from a number of developing countries.

The programme featured lectures and practical exercises delivered by experts from UNIDO, the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of California, as well as by policymakers from India, the Republic of Korea, and South Africa. Publishers from The Economist and the Financial Times also gave presentations.

In two evening talks, experts gave their view on Industrie 4.0 and the challenges future technological changes in manufacturing pose to developing countries.

A field trip brought participants to a Polish special economic zone and a technology park. One evening, organized in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invited a number of Polish international companies.

Course faculty

For a full list of course faculty, including biographies, please follow this link.

Course alumni

For a full list of course participants, please follow this link.

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