Event: Building Talent for Africa's Transformation
Event: Building Talent for Africa's Transformation
June 10-12, 2014King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal

Join global policy makers, education practitioners and others for this live event focused on building partnerships to position Africa as a global powerhouse in science and technology education.

Africa’s future economic growth depends to a large extent on the quality of its human capital. Skills and knowledge are critical to build private sector competitiveness and ensure sustainable economic growth. The World Bank is fostering a new Partnership for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)in Africa, bringing together new partners who have been investing heavily in Africa. These include Brazil, China, India, and Korea. The “big idea” behind this partnership is to put Africa on the global map as a growing powerhouse of science and technology capability over the next decade. This can be done by matching skills development with trends in foreign direct investment, for instance, by identifying and creating country-led plans outlining key needs for harmonized support from multiple partners. 

Livestream Agenda

08:30-10:00: Session 1- Opening

  • Welcoming remarks: Vera Songwe, World Bank Country Director, Senegal
  • Remarks:  Makhtar Diop, Africa Region Vice President, World Bank (video) 
  • Remarks: Monsieur Mamadou Talla, Minister of Technical and Vocational Training, Govt. of Senegal
  • Opening Speech: Prof.  Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Govt. of Senegal

10:00-10:30: Coffee Break

10:30-11:30: Session 2 – Setting the Stage

  • A Framework for Developing Capacity in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology in Priority Sectors
    Sajitha Bashir, Education Sector Manager, Africa, World Bank 
  • Issues and Challenges in developing ASET capacity in SSA
    Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Secretary-General, Association of African Universities,  Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius 

11:30-13:00: Session 3 – Voices from the Trenches: Issues and Challenges in ASET 

  • Panel Discussion (5-10 mins each): 
    • Burkina Faso: Mr. Moussa Outtara, Minister of Secondary and Higher Education, Govt. of Burkina Faso
    • Cameroon: Mr. Zachari Perevet, Minister of Employment and TIVET, Govt. of Cameroon.
    • Cote d’Ivoire: Mr. Gnamien Konan, Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of Cote d’Ivoire
    • Ethiopia: Mr. Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of Education, Govt. of Ethiopia
    • Rwanda: Mr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Govt. of Rwanda
    • Tanzania: Mr. Shukuru Kawambwa, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Govt. of Tanzania
    • Angola: Ms. Maria Augusta Almeida da Silva Martins, Secretary of State, Ministry of Higher Education, Govt. of Angola
    • Zambia: Mr. Nevelyn Gilles Willombe, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Govt. of Zambia
  • Chair: Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea