RANEPA hosts IDPPA international conference
On October 13, the 4th International Development and Public Policy Alliance conference opened at the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). The IDPPA President is Robin J. Lewis, Professor and Director of the Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) program at RANEPA.
IDPPA is a consortium of seven public policy schools. As Mr. Lewis said in his welcoming address, IDPPA was inaugurated in 2012 to connect scholars and practitioners from the BRICS countries; representatives of South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand and Malaysia joined the group later. At present, there are nine member-institutions. The first conference took place in Beijing in 2013, followed by Istanbul (2014), New Delhi (2015) and Moscow (2016).
Professor Lewis quoted RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau who said that hosting the conference is a great honor for the Presidential Academy. “Today you will join a highly important dialogue aimed at discussing various development models in our complex world and identifying the main problems for the government,” Dr. Mau said.
The conference participants will first consider global development issues and then look at the same issues on the national and regional scale, Professor Lewis said. The discussion will focus on potential development models in a specific political and economic context. All these models can function on the local or international level. The studies presented at the conference will help create the groundwork for the public policy thinking for the next few years, he added.
Deputy Chief of the Government Staff Maxim Akimov opened the conference sharing his view of the global development trends. The number of factors that change the public policy landscape of the future is growing with every day, he said. These factors include technological innovations and changing labor market priorities, as well as dramatic restructuring of the media and more. The changing world sets new rules for management at every level.
The two conference days, October 13 and 14, included four panel discussions. The first day was devoted to the global outlook and national development strategies; the second day, to regional models and megalopolis development strategies. Apart from the Public Policy experts from Brazil, India, Egypt and Thailand, two RANEPA professors spoke at the conference, Yekaterina Shulman and Carol Scott Leonard.