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Comparing countries: Manufacturing in a global context

Past Event

Comparing countries: Manufacturing in a global context

Now the world’s second largest manufacturing economy since falling behind China in 2010, the United States relies on a robust manufacturing sector, which accounts for almost nine percent of American jobs. But manufacturing is constantly evolving as a result of changing technological capabilities, leadership approaches, and policy incentives. With the world economy more interconnected than ever before, solutions to the challenges facing the manufacturing industry take on an increasingly global perspective.

On July 7, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted expert panelists for a half-day conference on the global context of modern manufacturing. Which innovations in leadership and workforce development have been successful around the world? How can effective policy initiatives foster manufacturing growth?  What lessons can America learn from abroad?

The conference marks the fifth annual John Hazen White Forum on Public Policy, which convenes leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss and identify solutions to the United States’ most pressing challenges.

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The role of leadership in 21st century manufacturing

Innovations in workforce development


Mary Ann Pacelli

Manager, Workforce Development - Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Institute of Standards and Technology


Leah Gilliam

VP, Strategy, Innovation, and Education - Girls Who Code

Policy incentives around the world


Li Bin

Counselor for Economic Affairs - Embassy of People’s Republic of China


Anthony Murfett

Minister Counsellor, Industry, Science, and Education - Australian Embassy


Dongsoo Kim

Research Fellow, Center for Regional Development - Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade

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