23/06/2015 - Local policymakers have a critical role to play in developing more resilient and inclusive economies, particularly because they are well-positioned to take a more integrated approach to tackling complex challenges and seizing new opportunities. Playing this role effectively requires both sufficient local flexibility in national policies and adequate capacities at the local level.
The 11th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development which takes place 24 -26 June 2015, in Manchester, United Kingdom, will bring together some 250 representatives of local partnerships, government officials, public employment services, local leaders, youth organisations, social entrepreneurs, business representatives, and academics from across the five continents to discuss how inclusive growth can be built from the ground up. They will take inspiration from the achievements of Manchester in setting out a shared vision for change, and from the UK government’s endeavour to devolve powers in a way that matches local capacities and aspirations.
The Forum, supported by the European Commission, is organised by the OECD LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme together with Manchester City Council and New Economy Manchester, with the co-operation of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Centre for Cities and the Greater London Authority, in partnership with the International Organisation of La Francophonie.
Speakers will include:
- Andrew Boraine (CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership);
- Diane Coyle (Director of Enlightenment Economics);
- The Rt. Hon. Michael Heseltine CH;
- Stefan Kapferer (Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD);
- Sir Richard Leese (Leader of the Manchester City Council);
- Lord O’Neill (Commercial Secretary);
- Bruce Katz (Vice President of the Brookings Institute).
At this event, the OECD will also launch a new report (already available, please click on the following link) on Local Economic Leadership. Drawing on an established partnership between the LEED Programme and the cities of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Manchester and Stockholm, this new publication analyses the imperative, the skills required and the dividend which can be realised by local economies through effective leadership.
The 11th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development is open to the media. Journalists interested in attending the Forum should contact Daniel Horton (+ 44 0161 238 4586).
Further details, including the full agenda available here.