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Despite the increasing recognition that higher technical and vocational skills are crucial in enhancing competitiveness and contributing to social inclusion, decent employment, and poverty reduction, technical and vocational systems in Africa remain influenced by multiple constraints that limit their expansion and impact. "Fewer than 5 per cent of secondary school students are enrolled in technical and vocational programmes, which is very low compared to other regions, and their share in educational budgets is only about 2 to 6 per cent," observes Lucia Wegner, Project Manager in charge of the African Economic Outlook at the OECD. "Few countries have training policies which emphasise skills development in the informal sector, the largest employer and provider of training in Africa," she adds in an interview to the AfDB newsletter, Bank in Action, on the occasion of the official launch of the AEO, a flagship joint publication of the AfDB and the OECD, in Maputo, Mozambique, on 11 May 2008.