The Future of Work in sub-Saharan Africa

December 17, 2018 - Accra, Ghana

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December 17, 2018


9.30 to 10.30

Opening Session

Welcome Remarks — Hon. Minister of Planning Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, Ghana

Opening Remarks — IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

Keynote Address — H.E. Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana


10.30 to 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 to 12.30

“Long Table” Discussion

Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on sub-Saharan Africa

Moderator: Dominique Desruelle, IMF


Ms. Peris Bosire, Founder FarmDrive, Kenya

Dr. Edward K. Brown, Senior Director, Research & Policy Engagements, ACET, Ghana

Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures & Innovation, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa

Dr. Moustapha Cisse, Google AI Research Lab, Ghana


12.30 to 14.00

Lunch Break

Lunch Remarks

Infrastructure in a Technology Driven World

Speaker: Professor Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Nairobi


14.00 to 15.30

“Lightning Talks”

Policies for Future-Proof Jobs Creation?

Moderator: Axel Schimmelpfennig, IMF


Mr. Damian Grimshaw, Director, Research Department, ILO

Ms. Clarrise Iribagiza, Founder Hehe, Rwanda

Mr. Mamadou Toure, Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital


15.30 to 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 to 17.30

Closing Panel

The Future of Work in sub-Saharan Africa

Moderator: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde


Ms. Ethel Cofie, CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, Ghana

Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, CEO, AppsTech, Cameroon

Hon. Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana

Ms. Michaella Rugwizangoga, CEO VW Mobility Solutions, Rwanda