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Government Policy Responses to COVID-19 and the Private Sector in Africa: Lessons from Ethiopia

May 7, 2020




As countries in Sub-Saharan Africa try to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus on lives and livelihoods, they have imposed various restrictions within and across countries. The private sector has been hit by these containment measures, both the informal firms and large companies. Honorable Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia will discuss COVID-19 impacts in the country and the measures that his government is taking to support businesses and save jobs.

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    Dr. Arkebe Oqubay


    Dr. Arkebe Oqubay is a Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has been at the center of policymaking in Ethiopia for over 25 years and currently serves as Chair of several leading public organizations and international advisory boards. He is a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, presented by the Emperor of Japan. He is the former Mayor of Addis Ababa and winner of the Best African Mayor of 2006 award presented by ABN, and was a finalist World Mayor Award 2006 for transforming the city. Dr. Oqubay is a UNU-WIDER Honorary Research Fellow and Distinguished Fellow at Overseas Development Institute. He holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London. Some of his recent published works include: the path breaking Made in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (Oxford University Press, 2019); How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch Up (Oxford University Press, 2019). Dr Arkebe was recognized by the New African magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” for his work on industrialization and industrial policies, both theoretical and practical.


    Albert Zeufack


    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank


    Caroline Freund


    Global Director of Trade, Investment & Competitiveness, World Bank


    Sergio Pimenta


    Vice President, Middle East & Africa, IFC


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Thursday May 7, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM (ET)