economic and social upgrading
in global production networks


The Capturing the Gains global summit, 'Capturing the Gains in Value Chains', took place in Cape Town, South Africa, 3 - 5 December 2012.

Watch proceedings via webcast from Cape Town.

(Information on webcast technical requirements.)

Download Summit overview report (PDF, 468KB).

Summit aims

Building on Capturing the Gains research in apparel, agro-food, mobile phones and tourism, the aims of the Summit were to:

  • Define a set of goals for economic and social upgrading in value chains in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Agree an action plan between key stakeholders to achieve these goals.
  • Encourage strategic partnerships.

Questions discussed included:

  • What are the implications of the rise of global and regional value chains for international trade and development policy?
  • How can we build more resilient value chains that support the economic and social upgrading of workers and producers?
  • How can we develop an action plan to promote skills and enable better community services for the value chains of the future?

Event details

Delegates included influential stakeholders from governments, business, civil society and non-governmental organisations, academics, policy makers, and donor and research institutes.

The three-day programme combined open panel discussions and closed session workshops. To encourage the widest possible participation, access was provided to open panel sessions through interactive webcasting through the Capturing the Gains website (see link above).

List of confirmed participants.

Download the Summit flyer (PDF, 859KB).

Keynote address

South Africa Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, made the keynote address to the Summit: "We need to find a pattern of integration into value chains that supports and sustains improved living conditions for working people". Download the transcript of his keynote address (PDF, 181KB).