Investment Policies and Practices for Global Value Chain Upgrading

Interactive breakfast encounter (by invitation only)
in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Session Type
By invitation only
Room number
Delegates Restaurant
Contact Email
24 October 2018
09:00 - 10:00 Europe/Zurich

Connecting to global and regional production networks can provide SMEs and developing country firms significant opportunities to cater to new markets and improve quality and productivity. To enable firms to absorb these benefits and upgrade their position in value chains, host countries must enact policy reforms and programmes, including in areas of investment, services, taxation, education and training. Organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and UNCTAD, this interactive dialogue will share examples of successful investment policy and practice interventions that improved host countries’ participation in global and regional value chains and boosted sustainable development impacts of investment for local economies.

Issues for the debate

  • What barriers do small firms and developing country firms face in joining global and regional value chains and in upgrading to higher value-added stages?
  • What are examples successful investment policy interventions for facilitating value chain upgrading? How can related areas of policy also support upgrading?
  • What can leading firms and investors do to improve sustainable development impacts of GVC operations? Which policies incentivise and facilitate these contributions?


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana
Global Leader Plant Location International, IBM
Investment and Competition, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank Group
Head of Business Development, Fränkische Industrial Pipes
Deloitte Africa & Chairman of the Board, Ecommerce Forum Africa
Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Director, Policy & Global Affairs, International Chamber of Commerce


Director, World Economic Forum