2019 KSP Dissemination Conference: Beyond the Uncertainty
September 9, 2019
On September 9, Korea Development Institute (KDI), in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF), the Export-Import Bank of Korea and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) held the 2019 KSP Dissemination Conference: Beyond the Uncertainty at Conrad Hotel, Seoul.
The conference invited Professor Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics, to give keynote speech about global productivity in the era of deglobalization.
Professor Krugman explained that since the rapid expansion of intermediate goods trading from the 1990s, the global economy has achieved substantial increases in productivity and the standard of living in a short period of time owing to an expansion of globalization that generates new value chains.
He also commented that with lingering uncertainties in the global economy, such as trade disputes between the US and China, now is time for developing countries to seek more active cooperation for knowledge sharing in various fields while maintaining the stance towards globalization to accelerate innovation in productivity.
Session 1 presented “The Key Achievements of KSP.” Participants shared their KSP experiences: ICT innovations in the agricultural and livestock sector in the Philippines; Digital transformation of national economy of the Republic of Belarus Kenya; and Invest India-led capacity building programs in India.
Session 2 was devoted to a panel discussion, under the title “Inclusiveness and Innovation through Knowledge Sharing.” Experts from domestic and foreign organizations in the field of development cooperation, including the ADB and Thailand's NSTDA, shared information on exemplary cases of national productivity enhancement driven by inclusiveness and innovation and also discussed their findings and implications.
Session 3 was conducted in the form of parallel discussion. Parallel discussion session 1, under the title “KSP for Transforming into Digital Economy,” presented KSP-based innovation cases in ASEAN, Romania and the Republic of Serbia. Parallel discussion session 2, under the title “Economic Cooperation Partnership for Sustainable Development,” participants discussed how Korean companies could play a role in contributing to the economic and industrial development of partner countries.
* Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance, “2019 KSP Dissemination Conference Begins,” press release, Sep. 9, 2019, p.4 (in Korean).