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Seminar “World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work”

February 26, 2019

Tokyo, Japan

Co-organized by World Bank Group and JICA Research Institute

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    The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work analyzes how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology. Fears that robots will take jobs have dominated the discussion on the future of work, but the Report finds that on balance this appears to be unsubstantiated. Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. Firms adopt new ways of production, markets expand, and societies evolve. Overall, technology brings opportunity, creating new jobs, increasing productivity, and delivering effective public services.

    The Report analyzes these changes and considers how governments can best respond. Investing in human capital must be a priority for governments in order for workers to build the skills in demand in the labor market. In addition, governments need to enhance social protection and extend it to all people in society, irrespective of the terms on which they work. To fund these investments in human capital and social protection, the Report offers some suggestions as to how governments can mobilize additional revenues by increasing the tax base.

    At this seminar, WDR 2019 Co-Director Federica Saliola presented the main findings of the report. English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


    Opening Remarks

    Izumi Ohno
    Director, JICA Research Institute (Moderator)

    Keynote Speech

    Federica Saliola
    Co-Director, World Development Report 2019, World Bank Group



    Tatsufumi Yamagata
    Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and President, Japan Society for International Development

    Presentation material: Seminar “World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work” (PDF)

    Hirotsugu Aiga
    Senior Advisor (Health), Japan International Cooperation Agency

    Presentation material: Human Capital Index - Finally, welcome: World Development Report 2019 Launch in Tokyo (PDF)

    Keynote Speaker

    Federica Saliola

    Co-Director, World Development Report 2019, World Bank Group

    Federica is Director of the World Development Report 2019. Prior to this position, she was a Manager in the Development Economics Global Indicators Group. In that role, she was responsible for developing global programs with a focus on policies and regulations across a number of thematic areas, including agriculture and agribusiness, skills, information and communication technology, public procurement and PPPs. Under her intellectual leadership, nine World Bank global reports have been published since 2014, including the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (2015, 2016, and 2017), Benchmarking Public procurement (2015, 2016, and 2017) and Procuring Infrastructure PPPs (2015, 2017, and 2018). She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including studies on firm productivity, global value chains, and the impact of regulation on growth and competition. She has also contributed to a number of World Bank reports, including the Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Golden Growth: Restoring the Luster of the European Economic Model; the Jobs Study - Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction; and the Turkey Investment Climate Assessment: from Crisis to Private Sector Led Growth. She holds a PhD in Economics and a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.



Event Details

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Venue: JICA Research Institute 10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • REGISTRATION: Registration is now closed as we have reached our full capacity for the event. Thank you for your interest.
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office, TEL: 03-3597-6650