IPD/JICA Task Force on Transformation, Industrialization and Industrial Policies

Dead Sea, Jordan, 2014-06-05/06

Programme Committee:

Organizers: Akbar Noman (Columbia University), Jose Antonio Ocampo (Columbia University), Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Go Shimada (JICA) and Akio Hosono (JICA)
Chair: Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University)
Speakers: Some 30 invited participants


This is to be the first meeting of a task force jointly established by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). ). After a prolonged neglect, there has been of late a revival of interest in the nexus of issues of economic transformation, industrialization and industrial policies. The Task Force aims to build on and foster this revival.
Whilst industrial policies are highly relevant to industrialization, the focus is not confined to industry. The term is used in a broader sense to refer to policies that promote economic transformation and learning, including in modern services and agriculture. It would be more accurate to refer to them as learning, industrial and technology (LIT) policies (but given the familiarity with the term, industrial policies, the two may be used interchangeably).