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This presentation highlights new findings on global value chain (GVC) upgrading in large and small economies. Drawing on emerging research, Gary Gereffi discusses several factors related to new trends in GVC upgrading, including state policy and a re-emphasis on the domestic market, the regionalization of value chains, and the role of shifting end markets for developing country exporters. He talks about these trends in the context of Brazil and Costa Rica, as seen in three manufacturing industries.
Curtis Hundley of DAI shares practical activities that can sustainably ignite private sector development where inter-firm trust is missing, business relationships are fragile, and commercial excess and market linkages are minimal.