Experts meeting focuses on global value chains and international cooperation on industrial capacity

Vienna | 11 July 2017

Leading experts from UNIDO and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) of China met today in Vienna to discuss the status of implementation and work plan for the finalization of their joint project to study global value chains (GVCs) and international cooperation on industrial capacity with a focus on China, South-East and South Asian countries.

“This ongoing joint initiative between UNIDO and UIBE is carrying out comprehensive research on GVCs and applying an innovative approach aimed at increasing the current understanding on the conditions under which GVCs integration can lead towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development,” said UNIDO Managing Director Fatou Haidara at the meeting.

The participants reviewed the background contributions and explored the lessons learned from the GVCs integration of China, India and Vietnam at the micro-level. 12 leading experts also evaluated the main findings from the firm-level and field-work components of the project.

Presentations combining quantitative, qualitative and case study analyses were followed by an assessment of the emerging challenges, policy implications and way forward.

The collective outputs of this meeting will contribute to describing the specific role of GVCs integration towards fostering inclusive and sustainable industrial development – a key component of Sustainable Development Goal 9.

The project report will be published later this year and launched at a GVC forum taking place in 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Nobuya Haraguchi
Industrial Research Officer
UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development