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Developing Countries - an Opportunity for the Private Sector?

On Tuesday, November 30, 2004 the Club of Amsterdam presents an evening about the future of Developing Countries

"Developing countries are no longer. Part of the former "Third World' is in decay, struggling with governance crises, and economic deterioration. Other parts are rapidly becoming threats to US-dominated Empire, and to the European Union's claims to become the world centre of innovation. Longer-term developments on a global scale will have to face further population growth, a rising demand for scarce resources on a world scale, the impact of climate change and vulnerability-increasing shocks. The economic and political tensions of the next fifty years will be dominated by the question: can the world develop a new governance regime for a globalised economy? Or will the world be confronted with regionalised block formation, in which hitherto 'developing countries' will become integrated in an American, a Eurafrican, a South-Asian and a Chinese block? What will be the position of obvious tension zones (Middle East, Indonesia)? Both regionalisation and globalisation will result in the gradual equalization of rewards for labour, first for educated labour, later for all forms of labour. A major mixing of labour streams, at global or regional levels can be expected, putting strong pressure on wage and salary levels in the hitherto 'developed' countries, and causing major social unrest.

Innovation capability will shift to high-tech, low-reward economies, but leaving large parts of the globe out, which will add governance problems to increased instability and fluidity. Areas of opportunities and areas of threats will exist side-by-side, and shift rapidly, undermining the necessity of long-term investments. New global governance is dramatically needed." - Prof. Dr. Ton Dietz, Professor of Human Geography, University of Amsterdam, Scientific Director, Netherlands Research School for Resource Studies for Development, CERES.

"Far from being disadvantaged sectors, traditional sectors such as textiles, food and fishing are being revolutionized by new technologies and have been transformed into dynamic activities. These so-called low-tech sectors now provide sources of comparative advantage for developing countries. Kenya's export of cut flower makes up to 20% of its export revenue; and Uganda is a major exporter of fish and fish products to the European Union. Much of the dynamism has its source in technical and organizational innovations. In my short presentation, I will argue that innovation will be increasingly central to the competitiveness of African countries. However, explicit investment is required in reforming formal institutions as well as the norms, habits and practices of the key actors in Africa's system of production and innovation including policy makers and political actors." - Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies - UNU-INTECH.

"The competitive winds are shifting from the west (Europe, USA) to the east and the south. China and India will be new economic superpowers in ten to twenty years. Outsource of bust." -
Ton Lansink, Managing Director, Centre for The Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries.


The speakers are Professor Dr. Ton Dietz, Professor of Human Geography, University of Amsterdam, Scientific Director, Netherlands Research School for Resource Studies for Development, CERES, Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) and Ton Lansink, Managing Director, Centre for The Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries. The moderator is Professor Dr. Jacques van der Gaag, Dean, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Econometrics, University of Amsterdam.



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Club of Amsterdam about
the future of Developing Countries
Developing Countries - an Opportunity for the Private Sector?
When: Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Reception: 18:30-19:30, conference: 19:30-22:15

Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prins Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam [next to Amstelstation], free parking

Event website:
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