• The Impact of Covid-19 on Employment and Africa’s Economy: The Case of Ethiopia
    September 2, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Economic Policy Competence Center (EPCC) invites you to its online seminar on ‘’The Impact of Covid19 on Employment and Africa’s Economy’’. As you are aware, Covid-19 is having a severe impact around the world and Africa is no exception. The African Union estimates that about 20 million people may lose their jobs in Africa. Recent outlooks from the world bank show that Covid-19 could push about 27 million people in Africa into extreme poverty. The Pulse Africa report indicates that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could lose between $37 to $79 billion in output and this will have a direct impact on the economy. Africa is in the middle of its struggle with Covid-19 and this online seminar shall discuss developments in Ethiopia along the following issues:

  1. Covid-19 situation in Ethiopia
  2. Statistics of the impact of covid-19 on employment and the economy
  3. Responses in addressing the impacts of Covid-19 on employment and the economy
  4. Critical assessment on the measures implemented by the government
  5. Recommendations on the way forward

The objective of the monthly online talk is to provide two different perspectives on the employment scenario and economy in each country. After two virtual discussions focusing on Ghana (in July) and Rwanda (in August), this episode will focus on Ethiopia. Subsequent discussions will focus on South Africa, Madagascar, Benin, and other African countries. Each online discussion will have two representatives either from academia, politics, trade unions or the private sector and they will speak for max. 15 minutes each after which an engagement with the audience shall take place for about 1 hour.

2.00pm*         Welcome Remarks by Ebow Mensah,
Programme Coordinator of FES Ghana and the Economic Policy Competence Center (EPCC)

followed by    Dr. Degye Goshu Habteyesus, Senior Researcher, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEPRI), Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)

followed by    Mr. Measho Berihu, Head, International and Public Relations Department Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions (CETU)

followed by    Open Discussion

3.30pm*         End of the virtual discussion

Moderation    Hibist Feleke, Program coordinator, FES Ethiopia

* Please, check your time zone, the online discussion starts at 11.00am in Ghana; 12.00pm in Benin; 01.00pm in South Africa and Rwanda; and 02.00 pm in Madagascar