Programme theme: Global economy

Wilton Park has continued to be a hub for collaboration towards building a prosperous global economy, focusing on driving innovation, targeting corruption and promoting international cooperation. Working in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), and the Department for International Trade (DIT), and the Africa Strategy Unit at FCO.

Boosting trade and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa supported HMG objectives to boost trade connections between UK and Sub-Saharan African countries and businesses, to identify blockages in trade and investment flows and potentially to initiate some new trade partnerships or investment opportunities.

Tax capacity building for tomorrow: digital and analogue approaches, was held in association with Common Vision’s Responsible Tax Lab, the Joffe Charitable Trust, DFID and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and brought together tax systems stakeholders to discuss how information and communications technology can be leveraged to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of tax administrations in lower and middle income countries. The conference looked beyond the technologies themselves, and included discussions of the necessary building blocks that need to be in place to implement successful digital reforms.

Held in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation, the European Climate Foundation and E3G, Accelerating the phase out of coal-fired power generation, established a dialogue around creating the conditions for an accelerated and orderly transition from coal in the global economy as part of the Paris Agreement.

Major world crises such as the 2010 Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption, the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake, floods in central Europe in 2013, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, and the 2016 Zika and microcephaly public health emergency were used as case studies in our Science advice conference. With support from the OECD Global Science Forum, and High Level Risk Forum, the UK Government Office for Science and the UK Meteorological Office, the Natural Environment Research Council, and University College London, this workshop focussed on the ‘sense making’ or situational analysis phase immediately before and after a crisis occurs when decisions have to be made rapidly in a complex and changing environment.