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Global Value Chains: Policy Implications and Opportunities

Academy of Global Governance

27-29 October 2014

Villa Schifanoia, Sala Europa


What participants say…

“Nice Organisation and very interesting agenda. Excellent networking opportunities at a wonderful location.”

Simon Falck (Swedish National Board of Trade)

“The seminar was very valuable as well as enjoyable. I gained my ideas to analyse my own country. I will share my new insights with my colleagues.”

Eka Puspitawati (Indonesian Ministry of Trade)

“Very interesting. Improved my knowledge a lot”

Florinda Ndoja  (Municipality of Shkoder, Albania)

Scientific Coordinator

Bernard M. Hoekman | European University Institute



International trade flows increasingly involve global value chains (GVCs), in which a lead firm organizes production of goods or services by coordinating activities in many different countries. GVCs offer opportunities for companies and farmers in developing countries to expand sales for international markets, but they also impose constraints and specific requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become and remain competitive suppliers. This Executive Training Seminar provided participants with a synthesis of recent developments in – and research on – the organization of global production and trade and the determinants of competitiveness in a world of GVCs. The focus was on discussing the relevance and implications of a GVC perspective for national trade strategies and the design of economic policies to enhance firm competitiveness and the value-added content of production. The course also assessed current approaches and practices that are used in the design and delivery of trade support programs that target SMEs and low-income countries.

Academic Programme



Mina Baliamoune-Lutz | ACET, Accra and University of North Florida

Stephanie Barrientos | University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Antoine Berthou | Banque de France

Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and EUI, Italy

Bernard Hoekman | EUI, Italy

Hernan Manson | International Trade Centre, Switzerland

Sébastien Miroudot | OECD, France

Cécile Sangare | OECD, France

Julia Sattelberger | OECD, France

Ian Sayers | International Trade Centre, Switzerland

Jo Swinnen | University of Leuven, Belgium