Learning from Pioneers: Takeaways for Latin America and the Caribbean from the Digital Transformation Boom in China: Proceedings from the Fifth Policy and Knowledge Summit Between LAC and China

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Dec 2019
Hewitt, John; Suaznabar, Claudia; Henriquez, Pauline
In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences established the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and China Policy and Knowledge Summit. This initiative has contributed to expand the collaboration between LAC and China and generated fruitful dialogue between policymakers from both regions, fostering strategic alliances and collaborative networks of technical expertise. Between 2014 and 2018, five summits have been organized to discuss important areas of mutual interests for the regions: urbanization, leadership in the public sector, productivity and innovation, digital finance, and the digital transformation. These topics continue to be relevant and increasingly gain more interest within the LAC region. The following is a summary of the presentations at the Fifth LAC-China Policy and Knowledge Summit, which focused on the impacts of the digital transformations in China and lessons from the LAC region. This event was held in San Jose, Costa Rica on October 17 and 18, 2018.