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IWA : Virtual Economy Summit

30 November 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1 December 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Join the IWA for a 2-day virtual economy summit with expert discussing the Levelling Up agenda, decarbonisation, COP26, and all things Green Recovery.

Day 1

Session 1: 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Q&A with the Minister for Economy

We are delighted to be joined by Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy, who will share his reflections on the Welsh economy as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, including a discussion on decarbonisation, digitisation and ‘Levelling Up’.


Session 2 : 2.00pm – 3.45pm

‘Levelling Up’ in Wales

Following the launch of a short IWA paper summarising our reflections, findings from engagement with stakeholders and a series of recommendations on the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda in Wales, we will be hosting a panel discussion where we will hear from experts in a range of fields who will address themes including:

  • Reflections on ‘Levelling Up’ and the changing economic development geography
  • Economic policy at a local level – are local authorities and civil society organisations prepared for the new reality? What is the vision for local economic development across Wales?
  • Growth and inclusivity in economic development – what is the UK Government’s position on this debate, and how might they use ‘Levelling Up’ to promote that position?


  • Professor Paul Boyle – Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
  • Dr Helen Tilley – Senior Research Fellow, Wales Centre for Public Policy
  • Derek Walker – CEO, Wales Co-operative Centre


Day 2

Session 3: 11.00am-12.30pm

How to decarbonise the everyday economy?

Decarbonisation will require overhauling every sector of the economy, not just those at the technological frontier. But there is evidence that many firms in foundational sectors like care, utilities and construction find it hard to adopt new processes and technologies, and are often ignored by innovation policy.

In this session, we will discuss the actions that policy makers can take in order to encourage the reduction of emissions without disrupting the provision of everyday essentials, by focusing on finance, research & development and skills.

Additionally, following the launch of two of our Foundational Economy reports, looking at business support and the impact of regulation , this panel discussion will also include a short presentation of third paper in the series, focusing on innovation and skills.


Session 4: 2.00pm-3.00pm

What will COP26 mean for the post-Covid-19 green economic recovery in Wales?

This session will build on our Re-energising Wales 2 report. It will be a reactive session focussing on the outcomes of COP26.


  • Sarah Hopkins – Director, Cynnal Cymru | Sustain Wales
  • Edward Evans – Director, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Wales)
  • Andy Regan – Mission Manager – A Sustainable Future, Nesta Cymru
  • Agathe de Canson – Policy Adviser, Green Alliance




30 November 2021 @ 12:30 pm
1 December 2021 @ 3:00 pm


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