Workshop "Industry 4.0: Challenges for productivity, employment and inclusion"

Bonn, Germany, 28-29, May 2018

The policy research workshop will explore the economic and social implications of emerging trends in new digital production technologies, their impact on national economies and the global economic systems and the role of industrial policy in steering the digital revolution in a socially desirable direction, preventing damaging consequences and promoting its positive impact.

The current discourse on this topic is rife with speculation and dystopian visions. Against this backdrop, the Workshop will seek to present a sober and balanced stocktaking of both the perils and potentials of new digital technologies. Dedicated thematic panels will bring together leading economists, industry experts and policy practitioners.

Digitalization and economic development: Do we know the winners and losers?
Wilfried Lütkenhorst and Tilman Altenburg, DIE
Automation and Inequality – Directions of change for the world of work in the Global South
Andrew Norton, IIED
New digital technologies: Potential for innovation
Heiko Seif, UNITY Consulting & Innovation
Industrie 4.0 from both a user‘s and a vendor‘s perspective
Dr. Gerhard Volkwein, Director Digital Enterprise Architecture
New digital technologies: Socioeconomic effects and potential for innovation
Dr. José Ramón López-Portillo R.
Changing technologies – persistent inequalities?
Michael Tiemann, Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung
Industry 4.0: impact on industrialization as a development strategy
Jörg Mayer, UNCTAD
Impact on employment, skills and inequality – a view from and on Latin America
Jürgen Weller, Employment Studies Unit, CEPAL
The future of GVCs, manufacturing and reshoring: some insights from recent OECD work
Koen De Backer, OECD
The future of manufacturing and global value chains: Is the trend towards reshoring fiction or reality?
Professor Jan Stentoft, University of Southern Denmark
Industrial Policy in an hyper ‐ connected world
Mario Cimoli, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN ‐ ECLAC
Impulse on Competitiveness
Dr. Carsten Polenz – SAP SE
Digitization and the productivity challenge in Latin America
Dr. Raúl L. Katz, Columbia Institute for Tele‐Information
Digitalization and resource efficiency
Jose Luis Samaniego, Director Sust. Dev. and HH Settlements ECLAC
Smart energy systems and resource efficiency
Luis Munuera, IEA
Accelerating clean energy through Industry 4.0: manufacturing the next revolution 
Tareq Emtairah, UN, Industrial Development Organization
Priorities for Sustainability in 3D Printing
Jeremy Faludi, Dartmouth College
Innovative Business Models in the German „Mittelstand“
Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling, University of Regensburg, Chairman of the MÜNCHNER KREIS, Advisor to the Executive Board of acatech
Rethinking the basis of the welfare state under the digital paradigm
Daniel Buhr, Professor for Policy Analisys and Political Economy, University of Tübingen
Rise of Mega Industry 4.0 Firms: reflections on the Role of the State
Padmashree Gehl Sampath, UNCTAD
The future of work in the Argentine perspective
Alejandra Kern, Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Argentina
National Certification System of Labor Competencies Standards
Digitalization, Skills and Policy Responses

Silvia Ruz, Head of the Skills Unit ‐ ChileValora
Industry 4.0 Summarizing statements
Tilman Altenburg, DIE