Acknowledging the importance of structural transformation in African economies, Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the World Bank are partnering to support African countries in policy development, in capacity building, and in identifying options to finance skills development for priority economic sectors. Under the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PASET), KDI and the World Bank are co-hosting a regional conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during July 2-4, 2015. The event will create opportunities for Conference participants to learn about Korea’s development experience and approach to partnership under its Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP); to share progress made by African countries in implementing skills needs assessments and in preparing their Country ASET Action Plans based on these assessments; and to present for consideration by Korean officials specific projects proposed for implementation under the KSP platform. The event is expected to facilitate exchange of valuable development insights and experiences and help crystalize ideas on how African countries might leverage partnership with Korea to develop the skills required to grow and transform their economies.
This conference particularly aims to incorporate lessons drawn from Korea’s own development experience and to promote knowledge sharing on a global scale through the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP), facilitated by the World Bank’s PASET initiative. The conference combines the insight and expertise of Korean officials and experts with that of World Bank staff to maximize the advantage of each. The trilateral cooperation between Korea, the World Bank, and the eight participating African countries provides opportunities for mutual learning and for identifying promising next steps in leveraging partnership with Korea for Africa’s transformation through skills development.
The eight African countries participating in the Conference are: Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Rwanda, and Uganda.