Sustainable competitiveness and territorial policies




  • Pablo Costamagna, LED Expert, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank


  • Ivan Cruz, Associative Manager of the Deputy Ministry of Development of SMEs, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Dominican Republic
  • Pedro Domaniczky, Director of the Cordination of Itaipu Binacioanl, Paraguay
  • Leyre Madariaga, Director of the International Relations Department, Basque Government, Spain
  • Zeina Khoury, Head of Enterprise Team, Ministry of Economy and Trade, Lebanon
  • Abdy Horma,General Director of Local Authorities, Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization (MIDEC), Mauritania
  • Local government representative from South Africa/Commonwealth Local Government Forum (tbc)


  • Alessandra Roccasalvo, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Kosovo

Interventions from the floor 

  • Aizel Llanes, Director of the Regional Policy, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Cuba

Following recent dramatic trends – growing unemployment and inequality, social unrest, natural disasters – the debate on the meaning of economic progress is moving fast, and a new consensus based on the recognition of the inconsistency of short-term, unconditional growth with environmental and social sustainability has led to a re-conceptualization of competitiveness beyond narrow-productivity focused interpretations.

As part of an increasingly influential challenge to the framing of economic progress in pure income terms, competitiveness is seen (also) as the ability of a country or territory to create welfare, based on any subjectively or objectively defined and comparable index including outcome as well as qualitative/process indicators on participation, the integration of people choice and perceptions. A key issue for discussion is the implementation of policies that are conducive to sustainable competitiveness, thus enabling the integration of the economic, social, and environmental pillars. Steering competition between regions through territorial development approaches and policies can provide a conducive framework for sustainable competitiveness, through some of the following ‘enabling factors’: social capital, governance models based on the engagement and coordination of local actors, public-private partnership, innovation through collective learning and inter-firm cooperation processes.

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Location: Michelangelo - Palazzo Reale Date: October 14, 2015 Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm