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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