Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Plugging into Global Value Chains: A Strategy for Growth?

Event | 3 - 5 June 2013 Seoul, South Korea


This event will bring together policymakers and industry practitioners from various sectors (textiles, electronics, autos, logistics, and business process-outsourcing) to share knowledge and experience on global value chains.


International trade is characterized by fragmented production networks and global value chains (GVCs). Countries that participate in GVCs have the potential of benefiting from technology transfer, access to foreign markets, and integration with the local and international economy.

To realize these benefits, developing countries need to identify factors that make a particular country attractive to multinational companies, bottlenecks in GVCs and ways to overcome them, but also domestic policies required to ensure participation in GVCs leads to economic growth.


To discuss with peers and experts questions and issues such as:

  • What do multinational companies look for when making decisions about where to locate key aspects of their GVCs?
  • What are the key conditions and domestic policies that enable a country to participate in GVCs? What domestic factors are essential to ensure GVCs translate into economic growth?
  • The geography of value chains is likely to shift in the next decade or so due to changes in the fundamental cost structures. What are these fundamental changes to GVCs and how do we overcome them? What are their implications for developing countries looking to plug into value chain niches?
  • Bottlenecks in GVCs (e.g. overlapping regulatory requirements, inefficient logistics services) have hindered countries in maximizing the benefits of GVCs. What is the role of regional or global bodies such as ADB in facilitating integration of developing countries into GVCs? How can they help these countries overcome bottlenecks?


  • Share knowledge and experience regarding GVCs in particular sectors;
  • Better understanding of multinational decision making regarding location of GVCs;
  • Identify bottlenecks in GVCs and ways to overcome them;
  • Presentation materials and summary of proceedings to be uploaded on ADBI website.


40-50 mid- to high-level policymakers from developing Asian countries.

Participant responsibilities

Actively join discussions and share views and experiences.

How to register

By invitation only.


English only


Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI)
ADB and Asian Development Institute (ADI)
Seoul National University