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An Agenda to Drive Future Growth

An intensive and interactive three-day programme will provide a systemic and global overview of major economic, regional and industry developments through the following tracks:

Opportunities in a Green Economy

Every major stimulus plan from among the G7 assumes that green investments addressing global environmental challenges will create new technologies, businesses and jobs to improve national competitiveness over the long run – but what are the most critical investments to be made and what will they deliver in the near term?

Driving Economic Growth through Science and Technology

Much of the economic growth over the last two decades, particularly among industrialized economies, was attributed to the creativity and innovation of the financial industry, but most of those gains have now proved ephemeral. Yet, creativity and innovation are needed more than ever, particularly in the fields of science and technology. How can government and business work with the science and technology community to jump-start economic growth?

Addressing Societal Needs

Through Innovation Society-at-large expects that the extraordinary amount of public funds deployed to address the economic crisis will not result in the neglect of critical social and development programmes. Instead expectations are that fiscal stimulus will be directed towards addressing such societal concerns as healthcare, water scarcity, aging, and food/energy security in a manner that also creates economic growth. What are the opportunities for business and government? What are the risks if expectations are not met?

New Business Models in a Deleveraging World

If economic recovery is based on avoiding the creation of new "bubbles", reducing macroeconomic imbalances and promoting sustainable consumption, then what will emerge to stimulate and sustain future growth? How will businesses operate in a new financial era? How will tax policies, educational priorities, and incentive models change to create a competitive environment?

Rethinking Asia's Development Model

The global financial crisis of 1997-1998 taught the region a number of hard economic lessons, among them the importance of foreign currency reserves. However, the accumulation of nearly three trillion US dollars in reserves a decade later did little to protect Asia's economies from the collapse in consumer demand in the United States and Europe. With decoupling proven a myth, how will the current crisis transform Asia's export-driven model of growth and those industries that have relied on it for so long?

(World Economic Forum)


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