African governments must step up investments in education to build capable human resources that will contribute to sustainable structural transformation of their economies, experts at the ongoing African Economic Conference cautioned on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
“In a globally competitive environment, governments need to shift focus and go beyond primary education in building human competencies,” according to Harry Sackey of Vancouver Island University in Canada. Read more
- Chair: Samuel Bwalya, Economic Advisor, UNDP Country Office, Ethiopia
- Paper 1 - The Impact of Mother's Education on Child Health and Nutrition in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Burkina Faso - Eugenie Maiga, African Centre for Economic Transformation
Discussant: Lawrence Bategeka, Ag. Principal Research Fellow, EPRC, Uganda
- Paper 2 - Human Capital Development in Africa: Agents, Drivers and Implications for Growth and Structural Transformation - Harry Sackey, Department of Economics, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Discussant: Olivier Manlan, Economic Advisor, UNDP Country Office, Benin
- Paper 3 - Public Education Spending and poverty in Burkina Faso: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach - Lacina Balma, W. Francine Alida Ilboudo, Adama Outtara, Romeo Kabore, Kassoum Zerbo and T. Samuel Kabore, IFPRI.
Discussant: Aissatou Gueye, Economic Affairs Officer, FIIS, EDND, UNECA