New Zealand needs a few lessons in competitiveness, if you put stock in the World Economic Forum's opinion, and November will see delegates from more than 40 countries descend on Auckland to build alliances, explore new models and envision what's next in economic development.
It's all part of the annual global conference of The Competitiveness Institute, featuring a lineup of tours, presentations and workshops on the latest ideas on competitiveness.
Should you be there? That depends. If you're involved in innovation and economic development at the business, city, regional or national level, then the answer is probably yes.
Keynote speakers include Xianbin Yao from the Asian Development Bank; Michael Enright from Hong Kong Business School and a director of Enright, Scott and Associates; Christian Ketels from Harvard Business School and European Business School, plus 60+ speakers from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. Local figures on the bill are MFAT’s John Allen, Singapore-based David Skilling, public lawyer Mai Chen, Ngai Tahu Chairman Mark Solomon, former Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier and Otago University’s Colin Campbell-Hunt.
The theme: Competitiveness at the Edge, with sub-topics including
- Competitive advantage of countries and regions: how do small open economies compete?
- Regional and urban competitiveness: creativity and innovative drivers of urban competitiveness
- New Thinking: Innovation systems and sustainable business models·
- Growing the eco-system of internationalising firms
The conference runs for five days, with the main programme on from Wednesday November 30 to lunchtime on Friday December 2 at the SkyCity Convention Centre. Registration can be done here.