The performance of the private sector is key to a country’s development, and government policies and programmes can stimulate or inhibit it. More importantly, the individuals who design and implement these impactful government initiatives have a critical role to play.
These local professionals – from all sectors – must have both domain-specific technical knowledge and analytical skills, as well as the agility needed to operate in complex state-market environments. Policies to develop a country’s private sector must be anchored in a solid understanding of context-specific economic, financial, political, and cultural realities. Policymakers must know how to set priorities, sequence actions, manage conflict, and build coalitions.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, in partnership with the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) – an initiative of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Stanford University, offers an executive programme on “Public Policy and Private Sector Development” for government officials and private sector executives in Asia.