Improving industry competitiveness is key to enhancing growth and creating jobs in developing countries. The World Bank Group has been a key partner in promoting industry development, particularly through the work of IFC and MIGA, which support private sector investment in critical sectors, and the Bank Group’s sector-wide policy interventions.

Our panel of experts explored recent IEG evaluative findings on the World Bank Group’s experience in promoting industry. Speakers shared their perspectives on how countries can boost their industries, promote job growth, and what role the Bank should play.

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Anabel Gonzalez
Senior Director,
Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice,
World Bank

Hans Peter Lankes
Vice President, Economics & Private Sector Development,
International Finance Corporation


José Carbajo
Director, Financial, Private Sector & Sustainable Development Department
Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank Group


Giuseppe Iarossi
Lead Evaluation Officer
Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank Group



James J. Emery
Head of Economics, Strategy and Communications,
Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Service Industry,
International Finance Corporation

Klaus Tilmes
Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice
World Bank

Humberto Lopez
Director, Strategy & Operations,
Latin America and Caribbean Region
World Bank

Jaime Roberto Diaz Palacios
Advisor to Executive Director (EDS18)
World Bank Group

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Submitted by xiaonan cao on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:24


For countries with small scale industries (or limited), jobs creation is a challenge. It affects the education and training sector. Though education and training can improve it's quality and relevance, if the job market is not there and there is no financing mechanism to support start-ups, human resources will be wasted. This is a dilemma in many low income countries. Industry - jobs - education/training becomes a chicken-egg thing. Any lessons and good examples from this study?

Submitted by Sonia Plaza on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:13


Science & Technology projects existed in the WB. We provided support to Ireland, Israel at the beginning, and then Korea, Mexico and Brazil. Why are we not doing more?

Submitted by Carla Pazce on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:27


Can panel members speak of job impact of competitiveness enhancing interventions? Are unintended effects in jobs (loser industries) systematically assessed? The latter especially for IFC interventions.

Submitted by Verónica Ruiz … on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:36


Would you consider carrying out rapid cycle evaluations where each step of the process is subject to fine-tuning to improve its efficiency and be able to identify the causality of the failure or success of the venture?

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