SHAPING AFRICAN ECONOMIES

FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH

SEPTEMBER 25 - 27 2017

HOSTED BY GIZ, AT SAFARI HOTEL, WINDHOEK

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The outlook for growth in Africa is mixed. The World Economic Forum forecasts growth in Africa 2017 to be lower than the 5% average of the past decade, while the AfDB/OECD expects 4,5%. Many countries in Africa had to face low global commodity prices, tight financial conditions, weak global trade and domestic policy uncertainties. At the same time, economic growth in about a quarter of the region’s countries is showing signs of resilience and foreign direct investment inflows continue to rise.

In partnership with bilateral and multilateral economic development Programmes supported by the German Government and implemented by GIZ, the GIZ Network for Economic Development will conduct the Conference “Shaping African Economies for Inclusive Growth” in Windhoek, Namibia, on 25 - 27 September 2017. The conference will convene regional experts to exchange on national economic development strategies, as well as concrete approaches to economic development and job creation.

Saliya Kanathigoda
Facilitator
Saliya Kanathigoda
Facilitator

Saliya Kanathigoda is an Advisor in the GIZ Financial Systems Development and Insurance Team, based in Eschborn, Germany. He is thematically responsible for the topics of agricultural finance, digital financial services and knowledge management, as well as providing technical backstopping to GIZ financial sector programmes around the world. Prior to taking up this position, he spent ten years as an advisor to the Bank of Uganda for the GIZ AGRUFIN Programme. In this role, he supported the implementation of a number of key reforms and developments in the Ugandan financial sector, including in the areas of financial sector regulation and supervision, agent banking, consumer protection, credit information-sharing, deposit protection, digital financial services, financial literacy and microfinance. Saliya is a dual British and Sri Lankan national and has an MBA from the University of Warwick, England.

Benjamin Schlier
The G20 Africa Partnership
Benjamin Schlier
The G20 Africa Partnership

As president of the G20, the German federal government launched the G20 Africa Partnership, comprised by several initiatives aimed at sustainable economic development and inclusive growth on the African continent. The session is meant to discuss the G20 Africa Partnership’s contents and take a look at the policy impulses emanating from it. The key question will be to which extent the G20 Africa Partnership can underpin efforts to shape African economies for inclusive growth.

Hopolang Phororo
Labour markets in Africa: the real pathway out of poverty
Hopolang Phororo
Labour markets in Africa: the real pathway out of poverty

The plenary session highlights the fact that the labour markets are becoming much more widely perceived as being central to socio-economic development and political stability across Africa. Yet, they are persistently failing to generate sufficient opportunities for working populations, in low to middle income countries on the continent.  The problems are aggravated, with a large number of young people entering the labour force, resulting in high (youth) unemployment rates and a risk of missing the ‘demographic dividend’. At the source of this lies a common disconnect between high GDP growth, high growth in the labour force, but low growth in employment. This is the real conundrum that needs to be addressed to solve Africa’s inequality and poverty challenges, and to create sustainable pathways out of poverty. The session seeks to untangle some of these complex issues, and to suggest possible ways of how the international development community may support national constituents in finding solutions and to promote decent work for their compatriots.  

Anna Mostetschnig
Financial Inclusion and Access to Finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Anna Mostetschnig
Financial Inclusion and Access to Finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Businesses in Africa, just like worldwide, need financing to invest, grow and create jobs. SMEs around the globe account for half of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of jobs worldwide. Expanding access to finance for small businesses is thus of vital importance, since it is widely acknowledged that SMEs are significantly underserved in terms of finance. In this session we will explore the role of financial systems for economic growth with a particular focus on how financial regulation, specific financial products for SMEs and financial education are interlinked and work together.

Essogbare Adam-Tsar
Regional TVET Platform on curricula-exchange, financing TVET and functional alphabetization initiated in West-Africa
Essogbare Adam-Tsar
Regional TVET Platform on curricula-exchange, financing TVET and functional alphabetization initiated in West-Africa

The aim of this mutualization is to set up a platform for the exchange of curricula, programs and training tools between West African countries, all members of UEMOA and ECOWAS. This will serve as a framework for reflection, exchange and sharing of information and resources among member countries on vocational training and on labor market policies in space.

Martin Inkumbi
Risk Facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia
Martin Inkumbi
Risk Facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia

In this panel discussion on risk facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia we will debate practical questions of SME Finance with Namibian industry experts. We will touch on the role of private equity and venture capital, as well as credit guarantee schemes and other traditional and innovative tools of SME Finance. Whilst focusing on regional trends, we will also discuss the specific opportunities and risks of the Namibian market in SME Finance.

Kauna Ndilula
Risk Facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia
Kauna Ndilula
Risk Facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia

In this panel discussion on risk facilities to bridge the MSME financing gap in Namibia we will debate practical questions of SME Finance with Namibian industry experts. We will touch on the role of private equity and venture capital, as well as credit guarantee schemes and other traditional and innovative tools of SME Finance. Whilst focusing on regional trends, we will also discuss the specific opportunities and risks of the Namibian market in SME Finance.

Alexandre Simons
Poverty Dynamics, Public Policies and Programmes for Inclusive Growth in Rwanda
Alexandre Simons
Poverty Dynamics, Public Policies and Programmes for Inclusive Growth in Rwanda

Rwanda is experiencing high speed poverty reduction since the 2000’s. However, there is little evidence about the factors driving this poverty reduction. In particular, the determinants of poverty exit and the determinants preventing Rwandans to fall into poverty have not been differentiated. However, this difference matters as it may result in different public policies. This paper is a first attempt to identify these determinants in Rwanda and to make the link with implemented anti-poverty policies and programmes in the country.

Akinropo Omoware
Promoting Business Enabling Environment through Tax Reforms in Nigeria
Akinropo Omoware
Promoting Business Enabling Environment through Tax Reforms in Nigeria

Administration of taxes, levies and charges on business entities is an important enabling environment issue and one that is considered very crucial by majority of businesses operating in any economy from micro to big corporations. In Nigeria, administration of taxes, levies and charges has become a major business enabling environment issue especially for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). According to the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), 80% of SMEs die before their 5th year anniversary. Among the factors responsible for these untimely close-ups are tax related issues, ranging from multiple taxations to enormous tax burdens etc. Nigeria operates a federal system of government with the federal, state and local governments all having responsibilities for collection of certain taxes and levies as defined by law. The multiplicity of collecting agencies and abuse of what is collectible by each tier of government often create a situation where businesses are subjected to multiplicity of taxes, levies and charges thereby making the environment very harsh for them to operate. This situation was complicated in recent times by the dwindling oil revenue and the focus of government at all levels on tax revenue.

Working with public and private sector partners, the Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme, which has improvement of business enabling environment in Nigerian states as one of its core objectives, facilitated the harmonization of taxes, levies and charges and created a more friendly tax environment for MSMEs in three Nigerian States. The experiences, approaches, successes and challenges of the programme will be shared at this session.

Abraham Ndakolute
Using the potential of digital change in TVET
Abraham Ndakolute
Using the potential of digital change in TVET

We explore the use of a learning management system to bridge the digital divide in vocational education by embarking on a participative approach in the design and implementation of such a system. The presentation outlines the participative approach taken to design the eLearning system, the challenges experienced and lessons learned for education practitioners. It is hoped that the experiences presented here will inform the decisions of other education practitioners when setting up learning management systems, especially in developing nations. 

Dr. Darjusch Tafreschi
Broad impact and up scaling in employment promotion
Dr. Darjusch Tafreschi
Broad impact and up scaling in employment promotion

As BMZ as well as our partner countries are increasingly demanding broad impact from projects in sustainable economic development and beyond, the sector project employment promotion in development cooperation organized several expert workshops on the question “How can we achieve broad impact in employment promotion?” (=high number of beneficiaries and inclusive growth). Stefanie Slaoui-Zirpins will present the main findings from these workshops to overcome employment constraints specific for Africa / paying particular attention to employment problems in Africa.

Bernd Schmidt
Targeted Investment Promotion
Bernd Schmidt
Targeted Investment Promotion

The Government of Namibia is currently implementing its industrialization strategy, called Growth-at-Home. An important element of that strategy is the Targeted Investment Promotion Strategy that intends to increase both domestic and foreign investment to boost economic growth and to provide more jobs in Namibia. The presentation includes key elements of the strategy as well as the methods that have been used to derive the strategy. At the end of the presentation, we will discuss important policy implications that are relevant for Namibia as well as other African countries.

Prof. Dr Matthias Busse
Targeted Investment Promotion
Prof. Dr Matthias Busse
Targeted Investment Promotion

The Government of Namibia is currently implementing its industrialization strategy, called Growth-at-Home. An important element of that strategy is the Targeted Investment Promotion Strategy that intends to increase both domestic and foreign investment to boost economic growth and to provide more jobs in Namibia. The presentation includes key elements of the strategy as well as the methods that have been used to derive the strategy. At the end of the presentation, we will discuss important policy implications that are relevant for Namibia as well as other African countries.

Dr. Alexander Jäger
Agricultural Insurance in SSA: Basics, Learnings and Opportunities
Dr. Alexander Jäger
Agricultural Insurance in SSA: Basics, Learnings and Opportunities

The workshop will introduce the topic of agricultural insurance and its role in agricultural risk management in Sub-Saharan Africa. This will be followed by a review of the GIZ agricultural insurance activities that have been taking place in Africa up to today and a discussion of the key learnings. Based on the findings of a recent NEDA Challenge Fund study, we will then present findings for further opportunities for agricultural insurance projects in the region. 

The session will equip the participants with basic knowledge on agricultural insurance, project ideas and information / contacts that will allow them to further develop their understanding and follow up opportunities where they arise.

Thomas Jaeschke
Inclusive Business Models: Experience from Mozambique
Thomas Jaeschke
Inclusive Business Models: Experience from Mozambique

Development Partnerships with the Private Sector (DPP) are a useful instrument to integrate excluded economic actors into viable business models. Successful examples and cases at the intersection of rural and private sector development, where smallholders or informal micro entrepreneurs are integrated into supply chains led by an established enterprise, are presented. In a workshop format the participants discuss then how such an inclusive business model approach can successfully promote the income of disadvantaged population groups in rural areas, in particular smallholder farmers, thus contributing effectively to reducing inequality.

Fabian Barsky
Business Environment reforms implementation in Mozambique
Fabian Barsky
Business Environment reforms implementation in Mozambique

In a centralized country with a socialist background, the road to creating a more favorable business environment that enables inclusive growth of micro- small and medium enterprises is challenging but of great importance for economic development and job creation. Over the last ten years the programme for sustainable economic development has been supporting the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of business environment reforms in Mozambique and has gained valuable experiences on the way. Key success factors, lessons learnt and synergies with other areas of sustainable economic development like public-private dialogue, trade or private and financial sector development will be discussed in a workshop format. 

Bettina Fellmer
Skills for Reintegration
Bettina Fellmer
Skills for Reintegration

About 65.6 million individuals – either as a refugee or as internal displaced person (IDP) - were forcibly displaced worldwide because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations by the end of 2016. Most of them are hosted in developing countries. 

When the structural conditions in their home country or region of origin are given, what can support them in their decision and preparation to return? The aim is to support the refugees and IDP´s to shape their futures through their own efforts by improving their employability. This includes skills development in coping with every day’s problems as well as skills with regard to their technical competence building. All offers are in accordance with the needs of the target group and adapted to the labor market in the home and/or host country. Considering the “do no harm approach”, all activities address refugees as well as host communities. During the project, experiences of former reintegration projects shall be analyzed and current projects accompanied. 

Dr. Klaus Bader-Labarre
Using the potential of digital change in TVET
Dr. Klaus Bader-Labarre
Using the potential of digital change in TVET

Digitalisation has become by now reality – and it will further develop. Entire branches of the economy will radically be transformed or disappear. This means also our world of work and life is facing deep changes and vocational education and training is equally subject to these changes. The presentation will give an overview on the current status and trends of digitalization in international TVET cooperation and how GIZ deals with it. 

Regina Opoku
The Cooperative Credit Union Model in Ghana
Regina Opoku
The Cooperative Credit Union Model in Ghana

The lack of access to financial services and capital makes it difficult for community members and small businesses in and around the Asanko Gold Mine catchment area to take advantage of business opportunities.

The Obotan Cooperative Credit Union fills the gap and mobilizes and redistributes indigenous financial resources for start-up and enterprise development. It promotes therefore inclusive business growth in and around the rural communities.

Dr. Bernd Mueller
Africa’s invisible workers: why development work mustn’t ignore rural wage employment
Dr. Bernd Mueller
Africa’s invisible workers: why development work mustn’t ignore rural wage employment

The session will discuss a topic that is rarely explored with much seriousness among rural development professionals: the widespread prevalence and importance of wage work in rural areas across Africa. Typically, most rural development interventions treat beneficiaries in their capacity as self-employed economic agents, e.g. as farmers, micro-entrepreneurs and own-account/contributing family workers. The session will challenge this dominant perception by laying open the widespread prevalence of rural wage work, showing how typically the poorest segments of rural communities disproportionally depend on this type of casual work for their income and families’ survival, and how conventional rural development tools are ill-designed to benefit this large group of people living in poverty. We will attempt to provide some food for thought on how innovative intervention models could benefit this underappreciated group of beneficiaries in grave need.

Christopher Smith
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - how to get youth ready to work and connect them to employment opportunities
Christopher Smith
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - how to get youth ready to work and connect them to employment opportunities

In Uganda GIZ is partnering with Barclays Bank of Uganda Ltd. and the Ugandan Manufacturers Association (UMA) to improve youth’s employment outcomes with work readiness skills and work exposure. The project provides online and face-to-face ‘ReadytoWork’ trainings to youth at universities and vocational institutes, while mobilizing internship placements for youth who have completed the trainings. The ‘ReadytoWork’ training content helps youth to develop skills across four core areas: work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills. The partnership aims at preparing young people for the critical transition from education into the world of work, and is expected to run from August 2017 to October 2019. 

Nestory Maduhu
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - how to get youth ready to work and connect them to employment opportunities
Nestory Maduhu
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - how to get youth ready to work and connect them to employment opportunities

In Uganda GIZ is partnering with Barclays Bank of Uganda Ltd. and the Ugandan Manufacturers Association (UMA) to improve youth’s employment outcomes with work readiness skills and work exposure. The project provides online and face-to-face ‘ReadytoWork’ trainings to youth at universities and vocational institutes, while mobilizing internship placements for youth who have completed the trainings. The ‘ReadytoWork’ training content helps youth to develop skills across four core areas: work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills. The partnership aims at preparing young people for the critical transition from education into the world of work, and is expected to run from August 2017 to October 2019. 

AGENDA



Sunday, 24 September 2017
16:00-18:30
Game Drive at Düsternbrook Safari Guestfarm
self payment
19:00-22:00
Dinner
Safari Court Hotel

Monday, 25 September 2017
07:45-09:30
Windhoek City Tour
Meeting point Safari Court Hotel Reception
09:30-10:00
Welcome Coffee and Registration
with open market exhibition which will be displayed throughout the conference
10:00-10:45
Welcome Remarks
Welcome Remarks
Welcome by Facilitator Saliya Kanathiogoda and
  • Speaker of NEDA - Mr Daniel Bagwitz
  • GIZ Country Directory Namibia - Mr Albert Engel
  • Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nambia - Mr Christian Matthias Schlaga
10:45-13:00
Setting the Scene
Setting the Scene
Keynote: The African Agenda for Economic Development - Prof Dr Joseph Diescho
The Sustainable Development Goals and Economic Development - Ms Alka Bhatia UNDP Senior Economic Advisor
Economic Transformation in Africa – Mr Christoph Zipfel, GIZ, Portfolio Development: Client Liaison and Business Development
Panel Discussion and Q&A with all Speakers, Mrs Kerstin Nagels, Mr Albert Engel and Mr Fred Brandl
13:00-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:00
Plenary Session

Promotion of Employment in Africa
Mrs Kerstin Nagels, GIZ Head of Economic and Social Development Division
15:15-16:00
The Policy Environment for Inclusive Growth – Parallel Session 1
The  Policy Environment
The G20 Africa Partnership
Benjamin Schlier, Germany
Dynamising African Economies
Dr Sonja Kurz, Germany
African Regional Economic Integration in Times of Increasing Protectionism
REC Cluster
Poverty Dynamics, Public Policies and Programmes for Inclusive Growth in Rwanda
Dr Alexandre Simons
16:00-16:30
Coffee break
16:30-17:30
Approaches to Inclusive Growth - Parallel Session 2
Approaches to Inclusive Growth
Broad Impact and Up- Scaling in Employment Promotion
Dr Darjusch Tafreschi, Germany
Financial Inclusion and Access to Finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Anna Mostetschnig, Namibia
Towards a Regulatory Framework for Career Guidance and Life Skills Development for Africa
Sarah Neumann, Germany

19:00-21:00
Dinner

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
08:30-08:45
Introduction to the Agenda
08:45-09:45
Plenery Session
Labour Markets in Africa: the Real Pathway Out of Poverty

Ms Hopolang Phororo, Director of ILO Country Office for Namibia and Zimbabwe

09:45-10:15
Coffee Break
10:15-11:15
Approaches to Inclusive Growth - Parallel Session 3
Approaches to Inclusive Growth
Structural Economic Transformation in Africa
Dr Rainer Engels, Tilman Altenburg, Germany
Africa’s Invisible Workers: Why Development Work Mustn’t Ignore Rural Wage Employment
Dr Bernd Mueller (ILO), South Africa

Stabilising Fragile Economies
Dr Sonja Kurz, Germany
Skill for Reintegration
Bettina Fellmer, Germany
11:30-12:30
Exchange of Experiences – Parallel Session
Methods
Business Environment Reforms Implementation in Mozambique
Fabian Barsky, Mozambique
Targeted Investment Promotion
Prof. Dr Matthias Busse, Bernd Schmidt, Namibia
Agricultural Insurance in SSA: Basics, Learnings and Opportunities
Dr Alexander Jäger, Roland Steinmann Germany
Using the Potential of Digital Change in TVET
Dr Klaus Bader-Labarre, Germany Ndakolute Abraham, Namibia Members from ZA & E4D/SOGA
12:30-12:30
Lunch
14:00-15:00
Exchange of Experiences – Parallel Session 5
Methods
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – How to get Youth Ready to Work and Connect them to Employment Opportunities
Christopher Smith,
Nestory Maduhu
Uganda, Tanzania
Inclusive Business Models: Experience from Mozambique
Thomas Jaeschke,   Mozambique

National Risk Facility to bridge MSME financing gap in Namibia
Martin Inkumbi, DBN, Kauna Ndilula, BFS,
Anna Mostetschnig, GIZ, Namibia

Promoting Business Enabling Environment through Tax Reforms in Nigeria
Akinropo Omoware, Nigeria

15:00-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-16:30
Exchange of Experiences – Parallel Session 6
Case Studies
Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Training in Togo
Edmond Amousso, Togo
Removing Barriers to Trade in RECS
REC Cluster

The Cooperative Credit Union Model in Ghana (The Obotan Cooperative Credit Union)
Regina Asantewaa Opoku, Ghana

Regional TVET Platform on Curricula-Exchange, Financing TVET and Functional Alphabetization Initiated in West-Africa
Essogbare Adam-Tsar, Togo

16:45-18:00 
Plenary Session


Concluding Panel Discussion
Policies, Approaches, and Experiences for Inclusive Growth – What have we learnt?

19:00-21:00
Dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse & End of NEDA Conference 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017- GIZ Internal Meeting
9:00-9:45
Report from the NEDA Steering Group – Mr Daniel Bagwitz
9:45-10:15
Coffee Break
10:15-11:00
Launch of IDA SharePoint – Mr Florian Lang
11:00-13:00
NEDA Working Group Meetings
NEDA Working Group Meetings
(1) Economic Policy Management
(2) Private Sector Development
(3) TVET and Employment Promotion
(4) Financial System Development
(5) Regional Economic Integration
13:00-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:30
NEDA Working Group Meetings Continues
NEDA Working Group Meetings
(1) Economic Policy Management
(2) Private Sector Development
(3) TVET and Employment Promotion
(4) Financial System Development
(5) Regional Economic Integration
15:30-16:00
Coffee Break
16:00-17:00
Combined meeting of all Working Groups: What will be the Working Group’s key result in 2018

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