Joining forces for industrial skills development

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  • Around the world, progress in technology and global value chains is leading to an increasingly sophisticated industrial landscape, providing opportunities for economic growth and employment. While many low-income countries are currently transitioning from agriculture to manufacturing-based industries, the lack of skilled workforce remains a major challenge to achieving this objective.

    Furthermore, as technology brings a convergence of automation and work, skills gaps are changing rapidly. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented an added complexity to this challenge.

    As the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development, UNIDO has been supporting Member States in the identification and application of sustainable and inclusive solutions to industrial skills development by mobilizing strategic partnerships with public, private, and development partners. UNIDO and the Government of Japan have further incentivized this through a number of industrial skills development projects and have recently launched new projects that reaffirm their commitments.

    This webinar is designed as a space for discussion about the challenges and opportunities of industrial skills development in developing countries and the ways partners can join forces and strengthen efforts to contribute to an effective development of industrial skills.

    • 1 July 2021; 10:30-12:00 (CEST)

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  • English, simultaneous interpretation into French.

    • June 29 2021 (Tuesday)          

    10:00 am (CEST)    Opening Session

    10:15 am (CEST)    WEBINAR: Accelerating circular economy and carbon neutrality for ISID and a green recovery


    • July 2 2021 (Friday)

    10:00 am (CEST)    WEBINAR: Investment and technology transfer under COVID-19

    11:30 am (CEST)   Closing Session



Biographies of the Speakers

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  • Alpha Tejan Wurie served as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Fourah Bay College between 1983 – 1996 when he was called into the SLPP Government of Late Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah in 1996. He served as Minister of Education, 1996 – 1998, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, 1998 - 2002; Minister of Education, Science and Technology, 2002 – 2007. He was... Read More

    Tsutomu Himeno is the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Sierra Leone (2017-Present). He is a career diplomat who has served under various capacities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan’s missions abroad and several public and private sectors. Prior to his appointment as ... Read More

    Shoko Yamada is professor of education and development at Nagoya University, Japan. She has conducted various research on education in Africa, with a focus on TVET and skills development. In the last few years, she has been leading the Skills and Knowledge for Youths (SKY) research project, which has assessed the skills of industrial workers using ... Read More


    Vice President, Sustainability Promotion Division and General Manager, CSR Department
    Komatsu Ltd.

    Kako Kurasawa has been working in sustainability and CSR at Komatsu since 2010. Her functions include global CSR strategy, human rights, employee engagement, stakeholder engagement and reporting, and community support programs worldwide. She has represented Komatsu in various projects with NGOs and corporations and was involved in the project by UN... Read More

    Cleophas Takaiza holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Zambia and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot Watt University. Mr. Takaiza has wide experience in skills development through his involvement with the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA). He has... Read More

    Stavros Papastavrou currently serves in the role of Industrial Development Officer with UNIDO attached to the Department of Agri-Business.  Stavros is involved with the management of technical education projects with a focus on agriculture, forestry, light manufacturing and water resource management. Stavros presently oversees technical educat... Read More

  • STUCKI Virpi

    Chief, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Virpi Stucki is the Chief of Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division at UNIDO. In that role, she oversees the Division’s interventions on improving the income and employment opportunities for women, youth and crisis-affected populations by empowering people with demand-driven skills and by fostering entrepreneurship. Prior ... Read More