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Recent trends in global value chains and beyond

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A radical shift is underway in global value chains as they increasingly move beyond traditional manufacturing processes to services and other intangible assets, aided by digitization. The Global Value Chain Development Report 2021, the third in a biennial series by leading economic institutions, explores this shift. The report discusses recent trends in global value chains and updates our understanding of trade in intangible assets and intellectual property protection, productivity growth and innovation, and the role of digital platforms.

On September 28, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings presented the East Coast launch of this new report followed by two panel discussions featuring trade experts from around the world that explored how protectionism and geopolitical tensions, environmental risks, and COVID-19 can undermine the stability of global value chains and lead to their geographic reorganization.

Online viewers submitted questions via e-mail to or on Twitter using the hashtag #ValueChain.

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Welcoming remarks

Panel 1: Role of MNCs, intellectual property, and services


Kathryn Lundquist

Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Research and Statistics Division - World Trade Organization


Yuqing Xing

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; Overseas Academic Dean, Research Institute for Global Value Chains - University of International Business and Economics


Elisabetta Gentile

Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, - Asian Development Bank

Joseph Mariasingham

Senior Statistician, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department - Asian Development Bank

Panel 2: Supply chain resilience


Etel Solingen

Distinguished Professor, Thomas and Elizabeth Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies - University of California, Irvine


Victor Stolzenburg

Research Economist - Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization

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