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Dr. Albert Tan

Dr. Albert Tan
Director of Education
MISI – Organiser

“industrialisation has changed radically in 20 years. Building an entire supply chain in one country can be inefficient and risky. It is better to join a value chain.”

Dr. Albert Tan

Dr. Paul Vandenberg
Senior Capacity Building and Training Economist
ADBI – Organiser

“We discuss what a government can do to attract investment in a value chain, upgrade or move up the chain, and build linkages with local firms.”

Dr. Hsiao Chink Tang

Dr. Hsiao Chink Tang
Senior Economist
ADB – Organiser

“A product is designed in one country, parts are produced in another, assembly takes places in a third and the output is sold in many others.”

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Plugging into Global Value Chains: Role of Trade and Investment Policy

ADB-ADBI-MISI AIEN Training on
Plugging into Global Value Chains: Role of Trade and Investment Policy
MISI Campus, Shah Alam, Malaysia
3-6 June 2014


Trade organized through value chains has proven to be an important engine of growth for countries in Asia and the Pacific region (ADB 2013). The Global Value Chain (GVC) phenomenon urges a rethink of the type of cooperation among economies and what it means for policy.

The training workshop aims to equip policymakers with a solid understanding of GVCs and their implications on economic development, and how policy can best facilitate countries capture the gains from GVC.

The training will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and share with peers and experts issues in the following areas:

  • Macro perspective of GVCs. GVCs have changed the landscape of the global economy. What are the evolution, patterns, and factors driving GVCs? What are the opportunities and challenges of GVC participation?
  • Plugging into GVCs. Policies matter for countries to fully reap the benefits of GVCs. What are the necessary trade and investment policies, infrastructure and backbone services, and trade facilitation and logistics requirements for countries to plug into GVCs. What are individual countries’ experiences in plugging into GVCs? What is the role of trade finance in the GVC phenomenon?
  • Upgrading in GVCs. Once countries are plugged into the GVC, how can they ensure the benefits are spread across the economy? What are the necessary skills and training needed to move up the value chain? And what are the roles of industrial clusters and technology innovation?
  • Industry experience on GVCs. From the perspective of the private sector, what are the specific policies that have been helpful in helping them to plug into and upgrade in the automotive, information technology and software, agrifood and electronics sectors?
  • Regional integration. GVCs require cooperation and coordination among countries. What are the opportunities and challenges in building regional infrastructure and corridors? How successful is ASEAN—located at the centre of various value chains—in capitalizing on its unique position?

Draft Program

Day 1, Tuesday, 3 June 2014

0900 – 0910 Registration
0910 – 0930 Opening remarks
Mahender Singh, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation
Yuqing Xing, Asian Development Bank Institute
Introduction and Objectives of the Workshop
Hsiao Chink Tang, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Session I Macroperspective of Global Value Chains
Chair: Mahender Singh, MISI
0930 – 1000 Evolution, patterns, and factors driving GVCs
Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore
1000 – 1030 The opportunities and challenges of GVC participation
Yuqing Xing, ADBI
1030 – 1100 Floor discussion
1100 – 1115 Group Photo
1115 – 1130 Coffee Break
Session II Plugging into GVCs: Policies Matter
Chair: Paul Vandenberg, ADBI
1130 – 1200 Crafting GVC-friendly policies
Prema-chandra Athukorala, Australian National University
1200 – 1230 Crafting GVC-friendly policies: The case of Malaysia
Ramli Bakar, Malaysian Investment Development Authority
1230 – 1300 Floor discussion
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1430 Infrastructure and backbone services
Ioannis Laguodis, MISI
1430 – 1500 Trade and investment policy
Edward Clayton, Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company)
1500 – 1530 Floor discussion
1530 – 1545 Coffee Break
Chair: Albert Tan, MISI
1545 – 1615 Trade facilitation and logistics
Anong Paijitprapapon, Ministry of Industry, Thailand
1615 – 1645 Trade finance
Haroon Anwar, Standard Chartered Bank
1645 – 1715 Floor discussion
1830 – 2030 Welcome dinner
Venue: hotel

Day 2, Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Session III Upgrading in GVCs: Building Domestic Productive Capacity
Chair: Paul Vandenberg, ADBI
0900 – 0930 Skills training and development
Tan Kim Leng
0930 – 1000 Industrial clusters
Mahender Singh, MISI
1000 – 1030 Technology and technological innovation
Ted Tschang, Singapore Management University
1030 – 1100 Floor discussion
1100 – 1115 Coffee Break
Session IV Enabling GVC Participation: Industry-Specific Policy
Chair: Albert Tan, MISI
1115 – 1145 Automotive industry
Javad Feizabadii, MISI
1145 – 1215 Electronics industry
Matthew Andrew, Ernst and Young Solutions LLP
1215 – 1245 Floor discussion
1245 – 1345 Lunch
1345 – 1415 Agrifood industry
Rene Benguerel, Meliomar, and Blueyou Consulting
1415 – 1445 Floor discussion
Session V The Role of Regional Cooperation
Chair: Ioannis Lagoudis, MISI
1445 – 1515 Regional infrastructure connectivity and corridors
Ruth Banomyong, Thammasat University
1515 – 1545 Regional coordination
Julia Tijaja, ASEAN Secretariat
1545 – 1615 Regional trade facilitation
Oleg Samukhin, ADB
1615 – 1645 Floor discussion
1645 – 1700 Coffee Break
1700 – 1730 IT and software industry
Anupam Khanna, NASSCOM
1730 – 1800 Floor discussion

Day 3, Thursday, 5 June 2014

Session VI Site Visit
0900 – 1000 Travel to Proton City
Shuttle bus will leave hotel at 9:00 a.m.
1000 – 1230 Travel to Proton City
Shuttle bus will leave hotel at 9:00 a.m.
0900 – 1000 Proton City Tour
Led by Albert Tan
1230 – 1330 Travel to Kuala Lumpur
Participants will be dropped off at the Pavilion for lunch. They are free to explore the city in the afternoon. Information on transportation options to return to the hotel is included in the Visitor Handout.

Day 4, Friday, 6 June 2014

Session VII Group Work and Presentations
0915 – 0930 Instructions
Facilitators: Hsiao Chink Tang, Albert Tan, Paul Vandenberg
0930 – 1030 Group work: There will be 5 parallel sessions working in separate breakout rooms. In each parallel session, participants will be grouped by country. Each country group is given 1 hour to prepare an 8-10 minute presentation based on the Guidelines for Participants.
1030 – 1045 Working coffee break
1045 – 1145 Country presentations
1145 – 1215 Open floor discussions
Feedback and comments from facilitators and the floor
1215 – 1315 Lunch
1315 – 1415 Synthesis
The group will synthesize the discussions and elect two or three speakers for reporting in plenary. The presentation of the synthesis is limited to 15-20 minutes, based on the Guidelines for Participants.
1415 – 1515 Presentations
The participants will assemble to listen to the reports from the parallel sessions. The first three groups will present, followed by an open floor discussion to give way to questions and comments from the participants.
1515 – 1530 Coffee Break
1530 – 1615 Presentations (continuation)
The last two groups will present, followed by an open floor discussion to give way to questions and comments from the participants.
1615 – 1730 Course evaluation

Certificate presentation

Closing remarks