Dialogues on the Future of Work in the Global South: Sub-Saharan Africa perspective

Day 1 Tuesday 29th June, 2021
 14:30
Opening Remarks Moderator: Prof. Théophile Azomahou, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
 14:35

 
Welcome address: Prof. Ramiro Albrieu, CIPPEC Economic Development Program

Njuguna Ndung’u, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya

 14:50Breakout to parallel sessions: Roundtable 1 and Roundtable 2
 15:00Roundtable 1: Skills
Objective: To understand to what extent the childhood, formal education and adult learning systems in the Africa region successfully achieve learning in general and skill formation relevant to the future.
  Moderator: Prof. Germano Mwabu, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Rapporteur: Prof. Victor Okoruwa, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
      Panelists: Prof. David Sahn, Cornell University, USA
Prof. Belinda Archibong, Columbia University, USA
Prof.  Paul Gertler, University of California, USA
 16:15Interactive Question and Answer (Q&A)
 16:50-17:00Closing Remarks:  Prof. Germano Mwabu, University of Nairobi, Kenya
   
 Time (EAT)Activity
Day 115:00-17:00 hrsTuesday 29th June, 2021
  Roundtable 2: Technology (Artificial intelligence, platform economies)

Objective: To understand to what extent the technological change is expected to happen in the sub-Saharan Africa region and what are the foreseeable effects on jobs.
 15:00Moderator: Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
Rapporteur: Prof. Tomson Ogwang, Brock University, Canada
      Panelists: Dr.  Mark Andrew Dutz, World Bank, USA
Prof.  Pierre Mohnen, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Prof.  Issouf Soumaré, Laval University, Canada
 16:15Interactive Question and Answer (Q&A) Session (25 minutes)  
 16:50-17:00Closing Remarks:  Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya  


 Time (EAT)Activity
Day 215:00-17:00 hrsWednesday, 30th June 2021
  Roundtable 3: Labor market institutions panel    Objective:  To understand to what extent the gig economy and platform-based jobs bring opportunities and risks for workers-particularly those in the informal market-, and how labor market institutions in Africa need to innovate to cope with the new forms of labor.
 15:00  Moderator: Prof. Louise Fox, California University, USA
  Rapporteur: Prof. Tomson Ogwang, Brock University, Canada
  Panelists: Prof. Edward Webster, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof. Wisdom Akpalu, University of Ghana
Dr. Linguère Mously Mbaye, African Development Bank, Côte d’Ivoire
 16:15Interactive Question and Answer
 16:50-17:00Closing Remarks: Prof. Louise Fox, California University, USA  


 Time (EAT)Activity
Day 215:00-17:00hrsWednesday, 30th June 2021
  Roundtable 4:  Demography and labor market panel
Objective:  To understand to which extent the labor markets in Africa region are prepared to absorb the incoming labor force in the following decades and the impact of demographic trends on incentives to invest in technology.
 15:00Moderator: Prof. Bernadette Kamgnia, Economic Policy Analysis of CIRES, Côte d’Ivoire
  Rapporteur:   Prof. Victor Okoruwa, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
      Panelists: Prof. Raouf Boucekkine, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France
Prof.  Francis Baye, University of Yaounde II, Cameroon
Dr. Eleni Yitbarek, University of Pretoria, South Africa
 16:15Interactive Question and Answer (Q&A)
 16:50-17:00Closing Remarks:   Prof. Bernadette Kamgnia, Economic Policy Analysis of CIRES Cote d’Ivoire
   


 Time (EAT)Activity
Day 315:00-17:00hrsThursday, 01st July 2021
    Roundtable 5:  Inequality and labor market panel 
Objective:  To understand to what extend structural inequalities embedded in sub-Saharan Africa effect the ability of workers and the economic structure to absorb and implement technological change.
 15:00Moderator:  Prof. Murray Leibrandt, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  Rapporteurs:  Prof. Victor Okoruwa, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof. Tomson Ogwang, Brock University, Canada
      Panelists:
Prof.  Boniface Epo, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon
Prof.  Yoseph Getachew, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr.  Dianah Ngui-Muchai, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya
 16:15Interactive Question and Answer (Q&A)
 16:50Closing Remarks Prof. Ramiro Albrieu CIPPEC Economic Program  
 17:00Vote of thanks Prof.  Njuguna Ndung’u African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya