Regional development

Regional Policy Forum, 'Global Crises, Regional Answers'


The TDPC will hold a Regional Policy Forum entitled “Global Crisis, Regional Answers” on 30 March 2009.  There will be a diversity of key actors in attendance in the field of regional policy (e.g., sub-national governments, business and financial sectors, education and research community, NGOs, etc.).  This event will allow broader communication on the work conducted by the TDPC Working Parties. The Forum is organised into four roundtables, focusing respectively on the urban dimension, the rural dimension, the governance dimension, and the use of indicators in regional policy.


Roundtable 1 - Urban Dimension

 Questions for discussion:

• At a time of crisis, to what extent should local government officials promote the green economy? How would its growth affect employment and social welfare differently than more traditional sectors?
• How can environmental issues be framed to give them policy traction in relation to current social and economic concerns?
• What innovative strategies could promote public-private partnerships for sustainable urban development?
• What should be the role of central governments in assisting cities during this crisis?


Roundtable 2 - Rural Dimension


Questions for discussion:

• What sectors/industries in rural regions are most affected by the recession?
• Will job losses be fully reversed when recovery occurs, or should we expect a new lower level of rural employment?
• Are rural areas experiencing an inflow of former migrants, is the rural population expected to remain stable, or will the recession lead to outflows to urban areas?
• Are there opportunities for future growth in rural regions that could be put in place by new investments now?
• What specific policies/strategies are being used to offset lost employment? Is there a specific rural component – why or why not?


Roundtable 3 - Governance Dimension


Questions for discussion:

• Will sub national investments be considered as an adjustment variable for limiting public deficit?

• Will sub national investments be used as a tool to fight the crisis consequences?

This discussion is particularly crucial after the announcement of investment plans made by a large number of OECD and non OECD countries for addressing the consequences of the crisis through public investment.

Roundtable 4 - Indicators in Regional Policy


Questions for discussion:

• How regional policy can make the best use of statistical information to target investment and create reliable benchmarks.
• How statistical information can help monitor the implementation of public investments and evaluate their impacts to inform and readdress public policy.
• The role of statistical information in increasing awareness and support for public policies.
• Why citizen preferences are a key component to acquiring the best information to serve the public interest; how citizen preference and local knowledge are factored into the assessment of current and future needs.