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© 2019 by The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils

AGENDA  September 17

The Ritz-Carlton Astana, Business Center, 2nd floor, Ballroom I and II

Invitation only events

Registration and Breakfast
Sign up for Conversations and Field Trips for Day 2 (September 18, 2019) 
Welcoming Remarks
The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils is pleased to open the 2019 Global Innovation Summit in collaboration with the Kazakhstan Council on Competitiveness, the Center for Research and Consulting and its partners and sponsors for the event. Join us as we commence the outstanding discussions and listen to some introductory words form GFCC and Kazakhstan leaders. 

Launch of the GFCC Global Competitiveness Principles and Best Practices

The GFCC and its members are proud to launch its annual flagship publications: 

The GFCC and its multi-stakeholder network with representation in more than 30 countries around the globe agreed to the 2019 Global Competitiveness Principles. First launched in 2010, the Global Competitiveness Principles offer an overarching framework for national strategies and programs aimed at fostering innovation, competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st century economy. This year’s edition focuses on action-oriented solutions to transform competitiveness across the globe. 

The GFCC promotes debate and dialogue with the idea of accelerating competitiveness through collaboration. In this year’s edition of the Best Practices report, we highlight examples from GFCC members in Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Qatar, and the United States. 

Transform Competitiveness: The GIS2019 Agenda

What can you expect from the coming three days of activities? What will we learn? What is the action plan that we could develop in the conversations and discussions at this event? 

Join us as we give you a more in-depth answer to these questions and jumpstart the rest of the content-packed day. 

Transformation Spotlight: The Future of Talent and Work

The Great Talent Transition 

Talent is the lifeblood of competitiveness. Top talent is key for innovation, technology and business growth. And yet, the talent landscape is changing faster than ever. Companies and countries are facing what we call “The great talent transition”.


Work as we know it is about to end. Automation, artificial intelligence, digitization and robotics are changing the way we produce, sell, and consume goods and services. Factories and offices are giving way to digital workspaces and some tasks currently performed by humans will be taken over by computers or machines. Even highly specialized white collar jobs such as those of surgeons, accountants or lawyers will change as a result of new technologies. Some skills will become expendable while others will be much in demand. We have seen such transitions in the past – but today’s transition it is faster and deeper. Success will depend on who fast we can upskill and reskill employees.


Other trends also challenge the current talent dynamics. Superstar cities, sectors and firms that offer better pay will be more attractive to talent. Digital technologies will change workplaces and attitudes of millennial talent are challenging businesses’ purpose and . The gig economy will enable us to work from anywhere anytime. Demography and migration will redefine employee profiles, training needs and entire workplaces. Given the pace of change, employees, and education systems need to prepare to go through a few careers in a lifetime.


In this session, we will explore how the skills landscape is changing. What are the dynamics that affect the talent landscape? How can countries and companies navigate the great transition and prepare for it? What are the solutions that work in countries and companies? Which countries are ahead of others?

Panel 1 --
Nations in Transformation -- Challenges and Opportunities for Economic, Technological and Social Development across the Globe

The topic of national transformation has been in the spotlight recently, with several countries launching transformation strategies and initiatives across the globe, particularly in the emerging world. Traditionally, such initiatives aim to promote growth and enable countries to transition to higher income levels and build more sophisticated national economies. For decades, this has been the realm of economic and industrial development strategies and policies, but new and more systemic approaches have emerged.

Contemporary national transformation initiatives tend to be more systemic, connecting societal issues (health, education, security, sustainability etc.) with talent development, innovation, internationalization and industrial sophistication and diversification. They also put strong emphasis on the modernization of institutions, the improvement of government structures and processes, the dynamization of public-private interfaces and the dissemination of new technologies, particularly digital ones.

National transformation is certainly an important topic for countries transitioning economic systems or that went through long stagnation processes. Through a combination of investment, trade, industrial, education and innovation strategies, they strive to create new economic dynamics and modernize productive structures. With technology acceleration, national transformation became a topic of much broader reach and relevance.

Technology has reached unprecedented level and speed, challenging existing business models, companies, industries, skill sets, government structures and institutional frameworks. In the past, adaptation to technology change was a feasible strategy; today, transformation is needed to avoid disruption. The good news is that technology also opens a variety of new opportunities. It is in this context that individuals, organizations, institutions and countries are increasingly focusing on transformation.

  • Why is transformation an essential topic for national agendas?

  • What countries are at the edge in implementing transformation initiatives? What have they done?

  • What are the key enablers? What is missing?