State of the Africa Region: COVID-19 and the Future of Work in Africa

From The World Bank

Media – The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital technologies in African countries, and the latest Africa’s Pulse provides new evidence on how digital is enhancing the productivity of existing jobs and creating new jobs, for people of all skill levels and backgrounds.

This is particularly important as the region looks toward economic recovery post-pandemic, and many Sub-Saharan African countries are making tremendous investments to advance digital adoption and build skills.

Against the backdrop of a COVID-19 induced recession, African countries are weathering the economic storm better than expected and are poised for recovery, but the strength of this recovery depends on the reforms, policies, and investments that countries make now.

Hosted by Georja Calvin-Smith of France 24, join a panel of Africa’s distinguished ministers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the digital space to discuss the future of work in Africa.

They will touch on how governments can support digital transformation, discuss the macroeconomic outlook for the region and how to improve prospects for recovery, and encourage Africa’s young people who are driving digital innovation across the region.

More about this event:
Speakers – Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC) – Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves De Sousa,

Finance Minister, Angola – Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou, Director General of the National Agency for the information society (Ansi), Niger – Emma Inamutila Theofelus,

Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Republic of Namibia – Moustapha Cisse, Head of the Google AI Center, Accra Ghana – Nwachinemere Emeka, Founder of Kitovu, Nigeria – Hafez Ghanem,

Vice President, Eastern and Southern Africa – Anika Jane Dorothy, East Africa Coordinator, Amplify Girls and One Champion, East Africa – Ousmane Diagana, Vice-President, Western and Central Africa, World Bank – Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President for Middle East and Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Albert G. Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa, World Bank Group .

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