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December 11, 2019 - Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis

#Infra4Dev Conference: Infrastructure in the Digital Era - How Should Regulation Adapt?

Infrastructure networks are becoming increasingly digitalized, making it possible to contemplate new levels of efficiency and service delivery. This process is already advanced in the case of communications networks and is also beginning to transform networks for energy and transportation. The digitalization of infrastructure is posing new challenges for the regulation of infrastructure services, reshaping the boundaries of natural monopoly and competition, while fundamentally disrupting cost structures and business models. 


Jointly organized by the World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency and the Toulouse School of Economics, the first annual Infra4Dev conference aims to explore the intersection between infrastructure, digitalization and regulation, and to survey the current policy debate on these issues within the frontier markets, with a view to reflecting upon the implications for the developing world.

The conference will take place at the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, drawing upon the combined forces of the Toulouse School of Economics, the Digital Economy Research Center, and the Energy and Climate Research Center. In addition, the conference will be held the day before the annual workshop of the European Development Research Network (EUDN), ensuring that a strong development perspective will be brought to the discussion on infrastructure regulation in the digital era.

The conference is intended for distinguished academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs with an expertise in the conference theme.

The conference will include a keynote address by Jean Tirole, Honorary Chairman of the Jean-Jacques Laffont—Toulouse School of Economics Foundation, opening remarks by Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure, and a series of contributions by senior scholars.

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Coffee & Registration


Opening Remarks by Makhtar Diop, VP Infrastructure, World Bank


Keynote Speech by Jean Tirole, Honorary Chairman, Toulouse School of Economics


Session 1: Regulating Digital Infrastructure


Moderator: Boutheina Guermazi, World Bank

·       Alexia Gonzalez Fanfalone, OECD, The Road to 5G: OECD Perspective

·       Edward Oughton, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, The Economics of Rolling Out High Speed Internet

·       Marja Matinmikko-Blue, University of Oulu, Addressing the Challenges of Spectrum Regulation for 5G and Beyond

·       Martha Suarez, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Enhancing Connectivity Through Dynamic Spectrum Access

·       Daniel Bjorkegren, Brown University, Developing Country Case Study: Economics of Universal Mobile Access in Rwanda   


Coffee Break


Session 2: Regulating Digital Platforms


Moderator: Pablo Fajnzylber, World Bank

·       Bruno Jullien, Toulouse School of Economics, The Economics of Platforms: Theory Guide for Competition Policy

·       Ioannis Lianos, Hellenic Competition Commission, Digital Era Competition: A BRICS View

·       Beatriz Kira, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Digital Diplomacy: Technology Governance for Developing Countries


Keynote Speech by Sebastien Soriano, Chairman, ARCEP



14:15-16:00                                                    Parallel Sessions on Energy and Transport


Parallel Session 1: Regulating Digitised Energy Services


Parallel Session 2: Regulating Digitised Transport Services


Moderator: Mike Toman, World Bank

·       Thomas-Olivier Leautier, Toulouse School of Economics, Imperfect Markets and Imperfect Regulation

·       Carlos Batlle, Comillas Pontifical University Institute for Research in Technology, Disruptive Business Models for the Digitised Power Sector

·       Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School, Future Design of Electricity Markets

·       Shaun McRae, ITAM Mexico, Developing Country Case Study: Retail Pricing and Efficient Deployment of Distributed Generation and Electric Vehicles in Colombia


Moderator: Cecilia M. Briceno-Garmendia

·       Konstantinos Gkoumas, European Commission, The Future of Road Transport

·       Anne Yvrande-Billon, ART, Regulating Transport in the Digitised World: The French Experience

·       Yannick Perez, Centrale Supelec Paris, Using EVs to Provide Ancillary Services: Regulatory challenges

·       Alejandro Molnar, World Bank, Impact of Ride Sharing on Congestion in New York 

·       Gabriel Kreindler, Harvard University, Developing Country Case Study: Welfare Effect of Road Congestion Pricing in Bangalore



Coffee Break


Closing Panel: Exploring the Implications for the Developing World


Moderator: Paul Noumba Um, Regional Director, World Bank

·       Bruno Liebhaberg, Director General, CERRE

·       Francis Kariuki, Director General, Competition Authority of Kenya

·       Jean-Michel Glachant, Director, Florence School of Regulation

·       Patricia Alessandra Morita Sakowski, Deputy Chief Economist, CADE, Brazil

·       Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, India



Opening Remarks/Keynote Speeches:

·       Makhtar Diop, World Bank

·       Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

·       Sebastien Soriano, ARCEP, France

Digital Infrastructure:

·       Alexia Gonzalez Fanfalone, OECD

·       Daniel Bjorkegren, Brown University

·       Edward Oughton, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

·       Marja Matinmikko-Blue, University of Oulu

·       Martha Suarez, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Digital Platform:

·       Beatriz Kira, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

·       Bruno Jullien, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

·       Ioannis Lianos, University College London


·       Carlos Batlle, MIT/ Comillas Pontifical University’s Institute for Research in Technology (IIT)

·       Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School

·       Shaun McRae, ITAM Mexico

·       Thomas-Olivier Léautier, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)


·       Alejandro Molnar, World Bank

·       Anne Yvrande-Billon, French Regulatory Authority for Transport (ART)

·       Gabriel Kreindler, Harvard University

·       Konstantinos Gkoumas, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

·       Yannick Perez, Centrale Supelec Paris

 Policy Panel:

·       Bruno Liebhaberg, Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

·       Francis Kariuki, Competition Authority of Kenya

·       Jean-Michel Glachant, Florence School of Regulation

·       Patricia Alessandra Morita Sakowski, CADE, Brazil

·       Rajat Kathuria, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)  

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