Over the past few years, governments have endorsed the need for a shift in regional policy approaches from top down, sectoral and redistributive subsidies towards integrated and well-targeted investment in local competitive advantages. However, the implementation of the shift has been a complex task. Urgent economic, social and environmental challenges provide renewed impetus for reform. This OECD meeting at ministerial level explored how countries can meet these challenges.
Ms. Mari Kiviniemi
Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Finland.
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The meeting was held on 31 March 2009 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris and was held over 3 sessions as follows:
Session 1 - Regions, National Objectives and Global Challenges
Global challenges (economic crisis, climate change, ageing, migration) require decisive policy action and regional policy can play an important role.
Session 2 - Unlocking Regional Growth: Innovation and Public Goods
Globalisation has increased pressure on regions to exploit their own competitive advantages. To achieve this, they need well-functioning innovation systems and effective delivery of high quality public goods and services.
Session 3 - Mobilising Actors and Capacities for Regional Development
Unlocking regional potential requires close collaboration among actors and capacity building at all levels. Effective leadership is crucial for regional development.