2nd Webinar on Skills for Economic diversification in Central Africa
Leveraging experiences from successful comparators and building partnerships
Thursday, July 30, 2020


This is the second and final webinar in a two-part series prior to 36th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICE) for Central Africa to be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 05 to 09 October 2020 in Yaounde, Cameroon.  While the ICE’s theme is: “Skills for economic diversification in Central Africa,” this online event will focus on “leveraging experiences from successful comparators and building partnerships.”

Before the ECA Office for Central Africa gathers key stakeholders to produce first-rate answers to the question of plugging the skills gap for economic diversification in the subregion, it will be necessary to get a good picture on the experiences from countries whose economic structures were similar to those of Central African states only a few decades ago. This, in a bid to document how such nations succeeded to leverage industrial growth to diversify their economies and how their experiences can be domesticated in our subregion.


  1. To  maintain a great level of interest among key actors on the central thrust of the 36th ICE –  a process which would have already started with a first webinar
  2. To continue collecting feedback on the overall theme of the ICE and more ideas on how to render the session productive and practically beneficial for Central African countries
  3. To get final inputs that can be used to enrich the background study for the 36th ICE
  4. To build on the list of partners with whom to work consistently for content creation and policy advocacy on Skills for economic diversification in Central Africa



Here is your link to the event on the specified date/time https://bit.ly/webinar-ice-2020-2

Date/Time: 30 July 2020 from10H to 12H15*, Yaounde time (GMT + 1).  



30 May 2020


Concept note



Bâtir les compétences pour la diversification économique en Afrique centrale: Tirer parti des expériences d’ailleurs, by Jean Luc Mastaki (Economic Affairs Officer, ECA)

Export substitution to leverage agribusiness, leather production and aviation services – what to learn from Ethiopia, by Nebiyeleul Gessese  

Adaptive skills development to boost economy: The experience of post‐WWII Japan andits implications for Africa, by Shoko Yamada