Partner Organizations

The GFCC is involved in partnerships with several strategic international organizations in areas important to our mission and to our members. The organization has signed formal MoUs with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the STS-Forum of Japan, and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The GFCC also participates actively in the activities of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness – GFCC President Deborah L. Wince-Smith serves as Vice-Chair of this group – and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), a group of organizations focused on improving competitiveness in the region.


United Nations Industrial Development Organization: UNIDO is a specialized agency in the United Nations system, headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The Organization’s primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition, and the promotion of international industrial cooperation. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in the ninth Sustainable Development Goal, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”.

STS-Forum: The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum aims to provide a new mechanism for open discussions on an informal basis, and to build a human network that would, in time, resolve the new types of problems stemming from the application of science and technology. The forum community will also explore the opportunities arising from science and technology, and address how to remove the barriers to using science and technology to solve the problems facing humankind. The STS forum members are expected to participate, not as representatives of their country or organization, but as individuals expressing their own views. This forum is not necessarily a platform for specialists to unilaterally convey their knowledge, but rather an opportunity for real dialogue among peers. Participants should also undertake cross-border activities towards the establishment of shared values and commitment for the future.

World Economic Forum: The WEF is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. It describes itself as an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The forum is best known for its annual winter meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment.

The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on critical global issues, regions and industries, and incubating projects, campaigns and events for the public good. The Network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to challenge conventional thinking, develop new insights and create innovative solutions for key global challenges. In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the Network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking on the prevailing challenges on the global agenda.

RIAC: The Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) was established on September 29, 2009 as a result of the Meetings of Ministers and Competitiveness Councils of the Americas that took place under the framework of the III Americas Competitiveness Forum, in Santiago de Chile. The RIAC fosters dialogues between representatives of its member countries in public and private sectors to discuss and analyze the competitive landscape in the Americas, define strategies, reach agreements, and pass annual work plans to strengthen the exchange and collaboration between countries. Members also work to develop and approve resources that guide regional and national groups and efforts to improve competitiveness.

International Economic Development Council: The IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC is the largest organization serving the economic development profession. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, IEDC members are employed in a wide variety of settings, including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions.