Public lecture by Professor Ha-Joon Chang

Dec 11, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, 1 December 2011The United Nations Development Programme for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam in partnership with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia is inviting the public to attend a lecture by Professor Ha-Joon Chang, from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The public lecture titled, The Manufacturing Sector – A Key Foundation for a Vibrant Economy will be held at 9.30am till 12.30pm on December 7, 2011 at the Plenary Theatre Auditorium Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. 50 seats will be made available to the public to attend the lecture. The seats are on a first come first serve basis.

Professor Ha-Joon Chang is one of the leading global thinkers in development economics. He argues that the manufacturing sector should still be the key engine of economic growth and provided a number of arguments for why it is fallacious to think that the services sector should be the main driver of economic growth in countries at Malaysia’s current stage of economic development.

He has published numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, and 13 authored and coauthored books. He earned his B.A. from the Department of Economics, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, and earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. He has also served as a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Journal of Economics since 1992.

This lecture will bring together policy makers, academics, public officials, and industry experts to discuss the importance of manufacturing in a country’s move to industrial country status and the role that an intelligent industrial policy can play in the process.

Services are now the largest and fastest growing sector in the Malaysian economy with the Government of Malaysia actively promoting the services sector including through the liberalization of 27 services sub-sectors in April 2009 and the recent Budget 2012 announcement for further liberalization in 17 additional service sectors. This has raised the question of whether services hold the key to driving Malaysia’s economic growth to high income status going forward, as the experiences of some post-industrial developed economies has shown. This has also raised a parallel question about the status and role of Malaysia’s manufacturing sector, which has, thus far, been the key economic engine in driving Malaysia to upper middle-income status.

Biography of  Professor Ha-Joon Chang

Professor Ha-Joon Chang is one of the foremost thinkers on new economics and development. Ha-Joon has taught at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. Ha-Joon’s work has focused on alternative development economics.

In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, he has published 13 authored and coauthored books. Some of his most recent books include 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism (2011), Bad Samaritans Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (2007), Kicking Away the Ladder - Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), which won the 2003 Myrdal Prize, Restructuring Korea Inc. His writings have been translated into 13 languages.

Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for many international organizations, including various UN agencies (UNDESA,UNCTAD, WIDER, UNDP, UNIDO, UNRISD, INTECH, FAO, ECLAC, and ILO), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked as a consultant for the governments of Canada, Japan, South Africa, the UK, and Venezuela on development policies.

Ha-Joon earned his B.A. from the Department of Economics, Seoul National University, Korea, and earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. He has also served as a member of the editorial board of Cambridge Journal of Economics since 1992.

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