Developing Frameworks for Recovery and Prosperity from the COVID-19 Pandemic

On the 19th of August 2020, the International Labour Organization Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACTEMP), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Eastern Africa Employers Organisation (EAEO), hosted a webinar for 149 participants on Developing frameworks for Recovery and Prosperity from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The webinar is the first in a series of support that ACTEMP is providing to Employers and Business membership Organizations (EBMO) and the theme for this webinar was “Now is the time for bold thinking and presenting big ideas for the future.”

The South African Resident Coordinator for the UN, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, opened the session and highlighted the seriousness of the pandemic but also the opportunities that this pandemic presents for businesses and the economy.

This set the stage for representatives from South Africa and the Seychelles to outline their strategies, policies and plans for recovery and prosperity. An international perspective was provided by Phil O’Reilly, Chairperson, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD, on some strategies and considerations required in this new normal.

The webinar wrapped up with a presentation from the ILO on the support and tools that are on offer. Drawing on the latest data, intentional trends and local contexts these tools assist to priorities and focus development frameworks, polices and action plans for recovery and prosperity.

The programme with links to the various presentations are contained below:

Welcoming Remarks
ILO Director for Eastern & Southern Africa (OIC – Jens Dyring- Christensen)
Opening Address
Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Resident Coordinator of the UN in South Africa
South African Experience:
Cas Coovadia, CEO BUSA
Seychelles Experience:
Oliver Bastienne, President Seychelles Chamber of Commerce
International Experience:
Phil O’Reilly, Chairperson, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD
Reflections & Concluding Remarks by
Lindiwe Sephomolo CEO, Association of Lesotho Employers & Business
Jean Byamugisha ED Uganda Hotel Owners Association
Lilly Rakorong CEO Hospitality & Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB)
Introduction to the RAP framework
Maria Machailo-Ellis, Senior Employers Specialist, ILO
Demonstration by the ILO RAP team
Linda Vega (Data Collection)
Darryl Crossman (Data Collation and Utilisation)
- Grace Kaome, Federation of Kenyan Employers

Conclusions & Way Forward
Audra Wilson-Max – CEO, Brand Africa