Experts investigating how industrial policy can best support economic and social upgrading are to meet in Hanoi to discuss their ongoing respective research projects, in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines and Viet Nam.
Economic upgrading implies increasing productivity through the use of new technologies and increasing skill levels, and is often associated with a shift upwards in the value chain.
Social upgrading means the extent to which that translates to improvements for workers in terms of employment, real wages, and other metrics.
The meeting, set for 11 July, constitutes the first phase of the Core Labour Standards plus (CLS+) II project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia, which will focus on this topic over the period 2019-21.
Key research questions include:
- How did social and economic upgrading in the country historically develop?
- Which policies where followed to achieve economic upgrading, especially industrial policy?
- Which policies where followed to achieve social upgrading? Was economic upgrading linked to social upgrading?
- How does industrial policy work in the country and are there especially positive examples at the national, regional or sectoral level?
- What can be learned from successes and mistakes in respect to economic and social upgrading for other countries?
Each researcher or team will present their study for discussion and feedback. The final papers are to be submitted by September, to be presented in a regional conference in November.
In the next phase, the findings will be used to formulate a strategy for industrial policy that will help developing countries create a higher value-added production, higher productivity and eventually economic and social upgrading.
For more details on the regional work by FES in Asia contact the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia.
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