Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa
The changing nature of employment, occupational patterns, phenomena of jobless growth, ageing and demographic shifts and automation and technology developments are creating exceptional levels of complexity, according to Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.
He added that Africa has certain advantages such as the greatest renewable energy generation potential of any continent and a young population.
Lopes encouraged African states to convert this potential into tangible infrastructure by creating an enabling environment and raising its human capital skills.
This he said during the launch of the Human Development Report 2015 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.
Themed, Work for Human Development, the report calls for decent work, an increased access, particularly by women, to this work and the improvement of the well-being of workers.
The report also alludes to the changed nature of current work; change that is influenced by an aging population and technology.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Haile Mariam Dessalegn said,” Development is about people, more than about producing commodities and accumulating capital. It is about enabling people’s participation and people’s choices such as access to education and resources.”
Speaking to delegates from the African Union Commission, the Economic Commission for Africa, members of the diplomatic corps, UNDP Representatives and other UN agencies, Mr. Dessalegn declared that with the fast growing population in urban areas, there is need for decent jobs and opportunities for the people.