【Register Now】Agenda for 2022 Annual Conference of the GReCEST



2022 GReCEST Annual Conference

November 2022


DAY 1: November 14

-Opening Remarks

Host: Jiajun Xu

Executive Deputy Dean, Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE), and General Secretary of GReCEST


8:00pm – 8:30pm: Opening Remarks (6 minutes each)  

  Justin Yifu LIN, Dean, INSE, and Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee

  Johan SWINNEN, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Vice-Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee

 Ed BROWN, Senior Director, Policy and Programs, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), on behalf of K.Y. AMOAKO, President of ACET and Vice-Chair of the GReCEST Steering Committee

  Jun FANG, Deputy Director of Ministry of Education’s Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges

  Grace WANG, Deputy Director for Programme and Operations at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)


8:30pm –8:35pm: Group Photo


Session 1: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization (8:40pm-10:40pm)

------Chair: INSE (Yong Wang)

The manufacturing sector has always been a key driver of economic growth for developing countries. Yet, sector-specific and stage-specific binding constraints stall structural change. This subtheme explores how industrial development can be harnessed for faster growth, greater inclusiveness and sustainability.

Key questions include:

l Whether and why have African countries suffered from the premature de-industrialization?

l What is the role of industrial parks in the early stage of industrialization?

l Does the role of agriculture and manufacturing differ over time for processes of structural change?

l How can industrial policy promote structural transformation and accelerate economic growth in underdeveloped economies?

l What is the strategic potential of triangular cooperation for sustainable industrialization?


  • Academic Paper Presentation (60 minutes)

-Paper 1: Rethinking development: the role of infrastructure and facilitating state in the path to structural transformation

Presenter: Valeria Lauria (Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University)           (15 minutes)

Discussant: Mingzhi Xu (Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University) (5 minutes)

Q&A    (10 minutes)


-Paper2: The Impact of the New Structural Economics Framework on Economic Growth: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan African Economies

Presenter: Imran Ur Rahman (Center for Trans-Himalaya Studies, Leshan Normal University)       (15 minutes)

Discussant: Jakub Rybacki (Polish Economic Institute)   (5 minutes)

Q&A     (10 minutes)


  • Panel discussion (60 minutes)


1.    Jia Yu (Institute of New Structural Economics) 

2.    Jing Gu (Institute of Development Studies)  

3.    Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid (Shabab Murshid Development Foundation)

4.    Eneyew Gebremenfas (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)


DAY 2: November 15

Session 2: Innovation and Transformative Change (8:00pm-10:00pm)

------Chair: IFPRIKevin Chen

In the wake of new technological advancement, it is increasingly questioned whether the digital transformation and other new technologies can facilitate the structural transformation and upgrading opportunities in global value chains for developing countries. This subtheme examines how new technologies may help to foster transformative change.

Key questions include:

l What are potential linkages between structural change and digitalization? 

l To what extent does the digital divide face by low- and middle-income countries impact on process of structural transformation?

l How can new technologies help to achieve economic transformation while combating climate change and preserving biodiversity?


  • Academic Paper Presentation (60 minutes)

-Paper 1: Varieties of Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) around the world and Catch-up by Latecomers

Presenter: Keun Lee (Seoul National University)     (15 minutes)

Discussant: Linda Calabrese (Overseas Development Institute)    (5 minutes)

Q&A               (10 minutes)

-Paper2: China's Way towards Decarbonization: Unrealistic Promise or a Credible Commitment?

Presenter: Francesco Macheda (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)        (15 minutes)

Discussant: Tilman Altenburg (German Institute of Development and Sustainability)        (5 minutes)

Q&A             (10 minutes)


  • Panel discussion (60 minutes)


1.  Freda Yawson (African Center for Economic Transformation)

2.    Martin Andersson and Tobias Axelsson (Lund University)

3.     John Ulimwengu (International Food Policy Research Institute)

4.     Yongping Zhai (Tencent)


DAY 3: November 16

Session 3: Development Financing (7:30pm-9:30pm)

------Chair: ACETRob Floyd

This subtheme investigates how development financing can foster structural transformation.

Key questions include:

l How can development financing institutions help to catalyse private capital to finance structural transformation?

l How to incubate green bond markets?

l How to scale up climate-resilient infrastructure financing?

l How can the global financial architecture evolve to better serve developing countries?


  • "The First Global Database on Development Financing Institutions Worldwide: A Promisng Research Agenda Ahead" (30 minutes)

Presenter: Jiajun Xu (Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University)


  • Academic Paper Presentation (30 minutes)

-Paper: The Role of National Development Banks in Structural Transformation of Globalization area: A Country Comparison Based on BRICS Countries

Presenter: Xiaochen Hou (Fudan University)  (15 minutes)

Discussant: Jiajun Xu (Institute of New Structural Economics)    (5 minutes)

Q&A          (10 minutes)


  • Panel discussions (60 minutes)


1.    Ibrahim Elbadawi (Economic Research Forum) 

2.    Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla (International Food Policy Research Institute)

3.    Regis Marodon (French Development Agency, co-coordinator of International Research Initiative of DFIs)

4.    Zaw Oo (Center for Economic and Social Development)


-Internal meeting among GReCEST members (9:40pm-10:30pm)



The conference administratively arranged by the GReCEST Secretariat – the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University, with the support of three renowned journals, namely, World Development, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Journal of Economic Policy Reform.




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