Meeting the Challenges of Value Chain Development: A Learning Event

Benjamin Herzberg
Benjamin Herzberg is Program Lead, Private Sector Engagement for Good Governance (PSGG) at the World Bank Institute. Before joining, he was Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the joint World Bank / IFC Investment Climate Department, where he was the Global Product Leader on Public-Private Dialogue. Since he joined the World Bank 8 years ago, he led or participated in interventions on investment climate reform, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and competitiveness in more than 20 countries. He also led the incubation of a new Global Practice on Competitive Industries in 2010-11 and directed investment generation programs in Europe and Central Asia out of Vienna, Austria in 2009-2010. Beforehand, he worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Office of the High Representative on participatory reform making and at the OSCE on stimulating the SME sector. Previously he worked in the private sector in France (banking), Israel (biotechnology) and the USA (high-technology). Herzberg holds a post-graduate degree in Geography and Environment from the Université des Sciences et Techniques, and a Suma Cum Laude Master's degree in Geography from the Université de la Sorbonne, France.
Tuesday February 7th, 2012, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Title: Creating an Enabling Environment
The business enabling environment is but part of the larger market system that value chain programs aim to affect. This session will begin with an overview of this system, looking at how the policy environment, social and cultural norms, infrastructure and governance interact with value chains and their service markets. Panelists and participants will explore "hot issues" faced by those engaged in business environment programming and reform such as the effect of de-linking value chain and enabling environment programs, the challenges of public-private dialogue, and achieving private sector involvement in the policymaking process.