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Innovation Policy in the Post-Covid World Webinar Series: Manufacturing in a Digitally Accelerated World - Innovation Policy Implications for Catching Up Economies

"Discussing the challenges of digitalization in manufacturing, with a special focus on the types of policies that developed economies are using to promote digitalization in manufacturing and the policy implications for catching up economies."

Manufacturing is witnessing a significant transformation as leading firms increasingly leverage smart and ubiquitous technologies to boost their efficiency, productivity, and accuracy. One of the primary drivers of digitalization is the enhanced capacity of manufacturers to adjust quickly to changing market conditions and increasing customization. Confronted with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the pace of digitalization has accelerated even further, although at a very uneven pace as there is increasing divergence between leading firms and the rest. 

This webinar discusses the challenges of digitalization in manufacturing, with a special focus on the types of policies that developed economies are using to promote digitalization in manufacturing and the policy implications for catching up economies. What does ‘smart manufacturing' entail and what complementarities are required for a dynamic industrial ecosystem? What are the fundamental competencies required and what are the most effective policy interventions to help industries develop them? Can firms and industries that are still at Industry 1.0 and 2.0 leapfrog to 4.0? What experiences and evidence from industrialized economies could inform policymakers in catching up with economies?

About the Presenters

William B. Bonvillian

Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Science Technology and Society, and Political Science Departments, and Senior Director, Special Projects, MIT's Office of Digital Learning

William B. Bonvillian is a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, and is a Senior Director, Special Projects at MIT's Office of Digital Learning, directing a research project on workforce education. Prior to this position, from 2006 to 2017, he was the Director of the MIT’s Washington, D.C. Office, reporting to MIT’s President. In this position, he worked to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role in national science policy. He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives, on energy technology, the “convergence” of life, engineering and physical sciences, advanced manufacturing, online higher education, and its "innovation orchard" project on startup scale-up. Prior to that position, he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. His recent publications include Workforce Education - A New RoadmapThe DARPA Model for Transformative Technologies, and Advanced Manufacturing – the New American Innovation Policies.  

Sunghoon Chung

Senior Economist, Development Economics Vice Presidency, World Bank Group and Research Fellow, Korea Development Institute 

Sunghoon Chung is a Senior Economist at the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Economic Policy and Strategy at the Korea Development Institute (KDI). His research interests include international trade, environmental economics, and development economics with a particular focus on Asian economies. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University. His latest publications include, How Smart Is a ‘Smart Factory’?: Drivers and Effects of Factory Smartization and Organizing for Digitalization at the Firm Level.  

Ndiame Diop

Country Director for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei, World Bank Group 

Ndiame Diop is the World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. He oversees the World Bank programs in the four countries and leads the policy dialogue with government counterparts, civil society, academia, and other partners. Mr. Diop brings to this position 20 years of World Bank experience, working across East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current role, he was for four years the Practice Manager for Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment for East Asia, providing technical and strategic guidance to the economic team working in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region. Preceding that, Mr. Diop was the Lead Economist for Indonesia, leading the economic policy dialogue and the Bank’s advisory and development policy lending support to Indonesia. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Lead Economist for Jordan and Lebanon and as a World Bank Resident Representative for Tunisia. A Senegalese national, Mr. Diop joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional following the completion of his Ph.D. in Economics the same year. 

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- May 11, 2022


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jose luis

- Jan 11, 2022
muy bueno


- Jan 4, 2022

Mohammad Nadir

- Jan 3, 2022


- Dec 26, 2021
Quite interesting.
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