NITA Participates in Inaugural African Employers’ Summit
The National Industrial Training Board members were among tens of delegates drawn from Africa and beyond who congregated in Naivasha for a three-day summit convened to explore ways of spurring growth in the continent.
The conference, convened under the auspices of Business Africa, with the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) being the local organizing agent, explored pertinent issues such as skills and unemployment challenge, labour and employment trends in Africa, job creation, productivity, and HIV and Aids, business and the post 2015 development agenda.
During the conference held between May 5 and 7, 2016, the Authority set up an exhibition desk and managed to distribute promotional corporate publications such as brochures and newsletter. The Authority was among the event’s sponsors, with a Ksh1.5 million support.
The summit was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Those in attendance included Mr Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organisation, Mr Aeneas Chuma, Regional director Africa, ILO, Mr Fred Muia, Senior Adviser for Africa, International Organisation of Employers, and a host of CEOs from leading brands in Kenya and Africa.
Mr Paul Kosgei, the NITA Director General, was among a panel discussion on ‘Skills and Unemployment Challenge in Africa: Perspectives of Demand and Supply’. It is observed that Africa has a population of almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 years and this category makes up 40 per cent of the workforce, and 60 per cent of the unemployed active labour force.
It is projected that this number could double by 2045, bringing a big challenge on African economies since high youth unemployment is an impending threat to stability in Africa. Little attention has also been paid to the role of informal sector in fostering growth and creating jobs despite the fact that this sector contributes about 55 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and 80 per cent of the labour force. The sector still largely operates in an unregulated fashion and consequently does not pay taxes.