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Keynote Lecture: Economic Growth in Middle Income Countries: How Can Countries Escape the Middle-Income Trap?

June 11, 2024
Multipurpose Hall, Lanai Kijang, Kuala Lumpur
Keynote Lecture: Economic Growth in Middle Income Countries: “How Can Countries Escape the Middle-Income Trap?”

What are the existing and emerging economic growth challenges for middle-income countries, that house 75% of the global population and are key contributors to both economic activity and carbon emissions?

Despite 31 nations advancing to high-income status between 1990 and 2019, many middle-income countries face a slower climb, hindered by geopolitical, economic, and climate challenges.

These countries must now undergo significant transformations in their economies, societal expectations, and energy usage to escape the “middle-income trap” and achieve sustainable growth, a process that involves complex changes in production, distribution, and resource management.

The keynote lecture by Dr. Indermit Gill will draw upon the World Bank’s upcoming World Development Report 2024 and speak to the issue of economic growth in middle-income countries like Malaysia.

The lecture will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring policymakers and experts and contextualize the report’s findings to Malaysia and the wider East Asia & Pacific region.


  • Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Time: 2.15PM - 4.30PM
  • Location : Multipurpose Hall, Lanai Kijang