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9:00–9:30

Registration of Participants

9:30–10:30

Official Opening Ceremony
Room: Diamond Hall

Master of Ceremony:  

  • Mr. Tapera Muzira, Coordinator, Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy,   African Development Bank (AfDB)

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Tarek Amer, Governor of Central Bank of Egypt – 10min

Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Charles Lufumpa, Ag. Chief Economist and Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank (AfDB) – 10min
  • Dr. Raymond Gilpin, Chief Economist and Head of Strategy, Research and Analyis, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – 10min
  • Mr Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division , United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) – 10min

 Keynote Address

  • Professor  Hilmar Schneider

Chief Executive Officer  of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
15min

Keynote Speech

  • Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt – 10 min

Rapporteurs: Eman Moustafa (AfDB),  Uzumma Erume (ECA),  Angela Lusigi, UNDP

10:30–11:00

Press Conference

Room: Palm Ballroom

  • Dr. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Dr. Rayomnd Gilpin, Chief Economist and Head Strategy, Research and Analysis, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division , United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
10:30–11:00

Tea / Coffee break

11:00–12:30

Plenary Session 1:  High-level panel on youth employment, skills and entrepreneurship for  Africa’s development ( AfDB, ECA, and UNDP)
The panel in this session will share reflections and perspectives on key issues of jobs, skills development and entrepreneurial capacities of African youth. This will set the stage for the conference by evaluating the state of youth (un)employment, discussing job opportunities for youth, and  drawing lessons  from country experiences in addressing youth skills and entrepreneurial deficits for a more inclusive African development.The session will further discuss the types of skills needed to improve labor market participation of African youth.

Room: Diamond Hall
Moderator:

  • Mr. Tapera Muzira, Coordinator, Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy,   African Development Bank (AfDB)

Keynote Address:

  • Professor Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town – 15min.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Tarek Galal Shawki, Minster of Education and Technical Education
  • Dr. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Mr. Rayomnd Gilpin, Chief Economist and Head Strategy, Research and Analysis, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Ms. Juliana Ratovoson, Interim President, Pan African Youth Union

Rapporteurs: Hayoung Park (AfDB); Mr. Allan Mukungu (ECA);  UNDP

12:30–13:30 13:30–14:30

Lunch

Special Event A:  Skills and employment creation for youth: Lessons for North Africa (ECA  Sub-Regional Office - North Africa)

Room: Diamond Hall
Chair: Ms. Amal Elbeshbishi, Economic Affairs Officer, ECA SRO - North Africa
Discussants:

  • Dr. Hassan Musa Youssef, Population and Social Development Expert
  • Dr. Fethi Touzri, Independent Expert, Former Secretary of State for Youth and Sport
  • Prof. Mojubaolu Okome,  Professor of Political Science, African and  Women's Studies, Brooklyn College

Rapporteur

  • Gehane El Sokkary (AfDB); Adrian Gauci, ECA
14:30–16:00

Plenary Session 2:  Institutions and Policies for job creation, skills acquisition and capacity building of African youth (AfDB)

Institutions  are major players in empowering, improving the skills and building the capacities of African youths. This session will highlight the impact strong institutions could have in leveraging African youth bulge in the labor markets and in addressing youth skill gaps, in particular for gender inequality in Africa’s labor markets. Experts will share their thoughts, best practices and lessons on how to reform Africa’s education sector and make it more responsive to the dynamics in the labor markets. They will also debate on the place of digital technologies, STEM and other future-oriented skills in youth’s education curriculum. In addition, panelists will discuss institutional reforms (and the challenges thereof) needed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship of youth and participation through property rights.
Room: Diamond Hall
Moderator: Dr. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department, African Development Bank (AfDB

Keynote Address :

  • Professor Gary Sheldon Fields,  John P. Windmuller Professor of International and Comparative Labor and Professor of Economics at Cornell University
  • Fire starter

Mr. Jeff Matthews,  Head of LinkedIn Learning Solutions in Europe

Panelists: TBC

  • Prof. Afeikhena Jerome, Special Adviser to the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission and member of the Strategic Studies Group of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Mr Sangheon Lee, Director, Employment Policy Department,    International Labour Organization
  • Mr. Salah Khaled, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Central Africa
  • Mr. Jeff Matthews,  Head of LinkedIn Learning Solutions in Europe

Rapporteur: Linguere Mbaye (AfDB); Gamal Ibrahim (ECA)

16:00–16:30

Tea / Coffee break

16:30–18:00

Plenary session 3:   Leveraging the private sector to increase youth employment and employability (ECA)

Private sector has a key role in economic transformation and addressing unemployment  and employability of youth jobseekers. However, it remains unclear how African governments can leverage their vibrant private sector (from SMEs to large firms) to support their youth interventions. This panel will examine how to better integrate public and private efforts towards facilitating apprenticeships, promoting innovation  and entrepreneurship, and improving the employability of African youth through the acquisition of appropriate skills. Leading experts will discuss best practices for scaling up integrated efforts towards creating a critical mass of youth entrepreneurs. Panellists will also discuss challenges in attracting private sector investments in financing youth skills-building programmes and entrepreneurship in Africa and propose innovative implementable policy options.

Room: Diamond Hall

Moderator: Mr. Said Adejumobi, Director, ECA Sub-regional Office- Southern Africa

Panelists:

  • Ms. Rehmah Kasule, Founder, Century Entrepreneurship Development Agency (CEDA) International; Senior Fellow - Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
  • Dr Jean-Louis Philemon Ntang-Beb, Founder UX Media Lab, Consultant Cameroon Investment Agency
  • Prof. Mojubaolu Okome,  Professor of Political Science, African and  Women's Studies, Brooklyn College
  • Ms. Priya Lukka, Head of Strategy, Christian Aid; Visiting Fellow, Goldsmith’s University, London.
  • Mr. John Bee, Regional Head, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Nestlé R&D Centre Abidjan.

Rapporteur:  Amal Elbeshbishi (ECA)  

18:00–19:00

Special Event B:   Africa Beyond Aid: Investment and Youth Entrepreneurship, an interactive dialogue  (UNDP)

Room: Diamond Hall

Moderator: Angela Lusigi, Strategic Advisor, UNDP

  • Presentation on Africa Beyond Aid: Raymond Gilpin, Chief Economist UNDP
  • Interactive dialogue with investors and young innovators from UNDP supported Youth programs Youth, Innovation and Sustainable Development intersect to discuss their experiences, business ideas and networks

Rapporteurs: UNDP

Rappoerteurs: Abdoulie Janneh (UNDP)

19:00-20.30 AEC 2019 Official Welcome Reception
(Hosted by AfDB )
9:00–10:30

Plenary session 4:   Partnerships to close youth skill gap and promote the acquisition of future-oriented skills (UNDP)

Creating decent jobs and economic opportunity for African youth requires strong synergies and partnerships among actors. This session will examine  the role of strategic partnerships between state, non-state actors and the youth in closing the existing youth skill deficits,  addressing the persistent mismatch between skills and the labor market requirements,  and promoting the acquisition of future-oriented skills.  Panellists will deliberate on innovations and best practices to foster interconnectedness of all stakeholders in the jobs-skills-entrepreneurship nexus for better implementation of priority initiatives that place youth at the centre. They will highlight key lessons learned from past experiences and recommend policies and actions to redefine, widen, and sustain existing partnerships  to address  the skills gap, increase entrepreneurial capabilities and access to economic opportunities for African youth.

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Panelists:

  • Ms. Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Hon. Rosemary Mbabazi, Honourable Minister of Youth, Rwanda (Ministry in charge of Youth Connekt)
  • Mr. Regis Umugiraneza,  co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carl Group Company
  • Ms. Nneile Nkholise, Founder, iMed Tech Group, South Africa
  • Mr. CK Japheth, co-Founder at The Innovative Village, Uganda
  • Mr. William Elong, Founder, Will and Brothers Consulting
  • Mr. Brian Gitta, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder  of ThinkIT Limited

Rapporteurs: AfDB;  Allan Mukungu (ECA); UNDP

10:30–11:00

Tea / coffee break

11:00–13:00

Concurrent Session 1:   Youth jobs, skills and entrepreneurship
 (Research Paper Presentations) – UNDP

    • Skills mismatch and jobs for African youths – where are we, what are the lessons and opportunities?

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    • Youth employment in Africa– where are we, what are the lessons and opportunities?

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    • Experiences in upgrading youth skill sets  and entrepreneurship capacities - where are we, what are the lessons and opportunities?

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    • Youth strategies to employment issues– where are we, what are the lessons, opportunities?

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13:00–14:30

Special Event C:   Youth Dialogue on employment challenges and policies

Africa’s greatest asset is its youthful population (15-35). What we do with this population today will determine the future of work in the world. Africa’s  youth population is expected to rise from current 250M to 850M by 2050, 12 million young people are currently unemployed and 65 million young people are working but living in poverty, even when they are lucky to find a job.  This demands for urgent policy action from all stakeholders if their economic future is to be assured. This session will bring young people from diverse fields on the continent to discuss candidly their fears and challenges they face while transitioning to the labor market or seeking investment opportunities. They will share from their perspecitive  what policies and reforms require urgent government attention to unclock jobs and employment opportunities. Recommendations from this session deliberated further in the Ministerial dialogue roundtable

Moderators:

  • Ms. Juliana Ratovoson, Interim President, Pan African Youth Union

Panelists:

  • Mr. Terence Mathe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC, Zimbabwe.
  • Mr. Fahad Awadh, co-founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing, a Tanzania-based cashew production company
  • Mr. Ifeoluwa Adebayo, Special Assistant on Innovation to the Vice President of Nigeria
  • Ms. Monique Ntumgia, Founder Green Girls, Cameroon

Room: TBC

9:00–11:00

Concurent Session 3:   Leverage private sector for increasing youth employment and employability  (Research Paper Presentations) - ECA
3.1.  Promoting partnerships between educators and private sectors to promote youth innovation 
Room: TBC
Moderator: Mr. Allan Mukungu, Economic Governance and Public Finance, Macroeconomics and Governance Division, ECA

Discussant:  Adrian Gauci, Social Policy, Gender, Poverty and Social Policy

Discussant :  Etayibtalnam Koudjom, Paper Presenter  TBC

Discussant: Ms Laone Bukamu Hulela, President, YALDA.

3.2.  Attracting private sector investments in youth skills, innovation and value chains
Room: TBC
Moderator: Mr. Said Adejumobi, Director, ECA SRO - Southern Africa

Discussant: Botshelo Tiroyamodimo, Secretary General, YALDA

Discussant:  Crystal Simeoni,  Economic Justice lead at FEMNET;  Atlantic Fellow (Social and Economic Inequality), London School of Economics and Political Science.

3.3  Scaling up innovation in supporting young entrepreneurs and enhancing the role of youth in decision-making
Room: TBC
Moderator: Mr. Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division, ECA

3.4. PPP interventions for youth employment
Moderator: Mr. Gamal Ibrahim, Chief, Development Planning, ECA

   
 11:00–11:30   11:30–13:00

Tea / coffee break

Special Event F:   Joint Launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2019 and the African Sustainable Development Report 2019 (AfDB, ECA & UNDP)

Moderator:
Mr. Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division (ECA)

Presentations:
Economic Report on Africa 2019: Fiscal Policy for Finacing Sustainable Development in Africa

Africa Sustainable Development Report 2019

Presenter: Mr. Gamal Ibrahim, Chief,  Development Planning Section, (ECA)

Reflections on the Key issues from the Report: Angela Lusigi (UNDP) and Eric Ogunleye (AfDB) - 3 mins each
Angela Lusigi, UNDP

Rapporteur

  • Mr. Corne Nkoanyane Sebutsoe (AfDB) ;  Ms. Eunice Ajambo (ECA)
13:00–14:30

(Lunch event)

 

Plenary Session 5:  The future of work for youth-Challenges, Opportunities, Policies (AfDB, ECA and UNDP)

This session will take a forward-looking perspective and examine the future of work for African youth amid profound changes in labor market conditions. The panel, made of political leaders, private sector actors, youth representatives, and youth development organizations, will examine key challenges, identify the opportunities and propose actionable policies to prepare African youth to future labor market requirements. They will showcase effective policies, best practices and success stories that can be scaled up at national, sub-regional and continental levels to create decent, green jobs for youth and the required labor market adjustments. The panel will provide final key takeaways on areas of focus to address some of the biggest challenges facing African youth in the labor markets: unemployment, underemployment, skills mismatch and capacity deficits.

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Moderator:

  • Mr. Eric Ogunleye,  Advisor to the Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Panelists:

  • Prof. Afeikhena Jerome, Special Adviser to the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission and member of the Strategic Studies Group of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Mr. Janvier Litse, Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships Division
  • Dr. Paul Fokam,  Afriland First Bank Group
  • Dr. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Rapporteur: Eman Moustapha (AfDB); Uzumma Erume (ECA);  UNDP

14:30–15:30

Presentation of the Best Paper Award

Room: TBC

Closing remarks

  • ECA
  • UNDP
  • AfDB

Rapporteurs:, Linguere Mbaye (AfDB), Adrian Gauci (ECA) ; UNDP