February 13, 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, emphasizes the importance of education and capacity development, in various sections of the SDGs , as the precondition for sustainable development, economically, environmentally, and socially. 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which was held in August 2016, also highlighted the importance of industrial human resource development. However, skills demands from the labor market are constantly changing and it is a major challenge how to capture the demands in timely and appropriate manner and to flexibly prepare workers with appropriate skills.
Given this situation, Nagoya University and JICA will hold a symposium and discuss about the issues and prospects of industrial skills development in Africa in relation to the human resource demands from the Japanese private companies that are investing in Africa.
The panelists are invited from the African countries which have been experiencing or carrying out major reforms of the training systems; namely, Ethiopia and South Africa. From Japan, JICA’s current cooperation and challenge in this field will be presented, while the discussant will provide the private sector perspective.
■Date: February 23, 2017, 14:00 - 18:00
■Place: International Conference Hall, 2nd Floor, JICA Ichigaya Building
10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,
14:00-14:15 Opening remarks
14:15-14:30 Overview of the issue
・ Shoko Yamada, Professor, Nagoya University
“Challenges of formulating skills to meet changing industry demands: issues and prospects in today’s Africa”
・Hiroyuki Tomita, Director, Team II Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department, JICA
“Japanese Cooperation on industrial skills development in Africa (tentative)”
・Lemma Teshome, State Minister, Ministry of Education, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
“Governmental initiative for skills development and the labor market conditions in Ethiopia”
・Julie Reddy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, South Africa Qualification Authority, Republic of South Africa
“20 years’ efforts of systematizing industrial skills development and its contribution to the economy of South Africa”
・Keiichi Shirato, Chief Analyst, Middle East & Africa Dept., Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute
Discussant, Organizing the Overall Idea of the Presentations
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Panel Discussion
“Skills development: the crossroad of issues on employment, poverty reduction, education, and industry”
17:00-18:00 Post-Symposium Break・Networking
■Language:English and Japanese with simultaneous translation
■Capacity:150 people (Free to participate)
Please register your participation at the application below.