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Competitiveness and Economic Growth in the UNECE Region

23 February 2004
Salle XVIII
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


10:00

Opening remarks : Executive Secretary, UNECE

10:10 - 11:30

Session I:

A comparative analysis of competitiveness and growth in the UNECE region: Alternative models

Moderator :

 Abdur Chowdhurry, UNECE

Speaker :

 Karl Aiginger, Austrian Institute of Economic Research

Paper :

 Copying the US or developing a New European Model – policy strategies of successful European countries in the 1990s

Discussants :

- Daniel Daianu, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
- Evgeny Gavrilenkov, Troika Dialog, Moscow

11:30 - 13:00

Session II:

The determinants of competitiveness in the knowledge-driven economy: education, research and development, innovation in the UNECE region

Moderator :

 Daniel Daianu, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Speaker :

 Jan Fagerberg, University of Oslo

Paper :

 The Competitiveness of Nations: Economic Growth in the UNECE Region

Discussants :

- Janos Gacs, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Robert Huggins, Robert Huggins Associates

15:00 - 16:30

Session III:

The competitiveness of regions and localities within the UNECE economies

Moderator :

 Pavel Mertlik, Raiffeisenbank, Czech Republic

Speaker :

 Gyula Horvath, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Paper :

 The Competitiveness of Regions and Localities in Central and Eastern Europe

Discussants :

- Karl Aiginger, Austrian Institute of Economic Research
- Riccardo Faini, Italian Ministry of Treasury

16:30 - 18:00

Session IV:

The role of governments in fostering competitiveness and growth

Moderator :

 Riccardo Faini, Italian Ministry of Treasury

Speaker :

 Ken Warwick, UK Department of Trade and Industry

Paper :

 The role of governments in fostering competitiveness and growth

Discussant :

- Pavel Mertlik, Raiffeisenbank, Czech Republic