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Philippe Benoit, former head of the Energy Environment Division, IEA, former Energy Sector Manager, World Bank and Senior Associate, CSIS
Kartikeya Singh, Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS
James Morrissey, Researcher, Oxfam America
Michele de Nevers, Senior Associate, Center for Global Development
Energy has fueled economic and social development worldwide. From the US to China to South Africa, energy has enabled countries to increase incomes and standards of living. In turn, expanding middle classes have significantly increased their energy consumption. How can developing countries, especially those with a rapidly-growing middle-class, dramatically scale up energy use, and provide access to modern energy services to the billions who lack them, while keeping GHG emissions within the global goal of limiting dangerous temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, or even better 1.5 degrees?
Philippe Benoit, the former head of the Energy Environment Division at the IEA and former Energy Sector Manager at the World Bank, currently serving as a Senior Associate with the CSIS energy program, will describe the relationship between using energy for development and climate change in a climate constrained world. Kartikeya Singh, recently IDRC fellow at CGD and Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS, will draw from his extensive field work in India to describe the challenges and opportunities of business innovations in energy access that are being used to supply energy services to the poor and the expanding middle-class in India. James Morrissey is researcher at Oxfam America working on issues of energy and climate change. He will discuss findings from Oxfam’s recent research exploring policy and institutional challenges as they pertain to the development-energy-climate nexus.
Industrialization was never an accident but an outcome of a well- crafted industrial policy. Analyzing the capacity and limits of the (developmental) state in the industrialization process and in economic development in general, Murat Yülek’s new book, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development, sheds light on how today’s governments can design industrial policy and how they can identify strategic sectors to break out of Low and Middle Income Traps. Explaining technical concepts in understandable terms, the book introduces a stylized industrialization process in four stages and locates different countries on the process map. He illustrates how picking-the-winner type industrial policies –a controversial issue among the economists –have worked in different countries. It also discusses how industrial policy and science, technology and innovation policies should be sequenced for best results. As trade wars and (pre-mature) de-industrialization become the zeitgeist of today, the book shows the links between global (im)balances and economic development explaining export-led growth as well as import-led slowdowns.
On the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) will co-host this expert panel to discuss the future of the World Bank under its new president, David Malpass. What should top his agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape and what is the role of the World Bank in addressing these challenges? Join us to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system.